Google Forms: Creating Simple Forms

Lesson 2: Creating Simple Forms


Creating simple forms

Google Forms allows you to create and edit a variety of forms, either from scratch or by using a template. We'll go over how to create your own forms, the various types of questions you can use, and how to store and access any responses you receive. 

In this lesson, we'll start with creating a blank form. On the Google Forms homepage, simply click the Blank form button.

clicking the blank form button

From here, you'll be able to create and edit your form. When you click the untitled question, you'll notice that a few options appear. Let's take a closer look at this interface.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to become more familiar with the Google Forms editor.

edit hotspotsgoogle forms interface

Types of questions

Google Forms offers a variety of questions for you to choose from. The type of question you use will depend on what kind of answers you're looking to get with your form. Below are a few types and how you can use them:

  • Short answer: These allow your recipients to type anything they want as an answer. They're good to use when you want personal responses for feedback or for written portions of assignments.
    short answer example
  • Multiple choice, check boxes, and drop-down lists: These questions allow recipients to select answers from a list. They're helpful when you want a narrow selection of responses, and they can be useful for quizzes.
    check box example
  • Linear scale: With this type of question, the answers are selected from a number scale. This lets recipients rate things or give feedback on how they felt about something, like an event or course.
    linear scale example
  • Time or date: Recipients can fill out a time or date. You can use these to schedule events, find availability, and more.
    time or date example

Creating a multiple-choice question

As seen above, there are many types of questions you can create with Google Forms. In this example, we'll be creating a multiple-choice question. The process for creating other types of questions is fairly similar, and the general process will apply to most of them as well.

  1. Click the Add question icon in the sidebar.
    clicking add question icon
  2. Click the drop-down menu, and select the type of question you'd like to use.
    selecting multiple choice question type
  3. Type your question in the Question form.
    typing the question
  4. Click Option 1 and type an answer you'd like to make available, then press Enter to add another answer. Repeat until you have the number of answers you'd like to provide.
    typing possible answers

To preview your form and its questions, you can click the Preview icon in the top-right corner. This allows you to view how your recipients will see the form.

clicking the preview icon

Using a template

Instead of creating a form from scratch, Google Forms offers plenty of templates for you to use as a starting point. On the Forms homepage, click Template Gallery.

clicking template gallery

From here, you can select any of the available templates. They're organized into three sections: Personal, Work, and Education.

the google forms template gallery

From here, it's as simple as filling in the blanks. You can also add or delete questions as you see fit.

Choosing how to save your responses

Once you're happy with the form you've created, you'll need to choose how to store the responses you'll receive. Google Forms offers two methods for storing responses:

  • Inside the form: They will simply be logged in the Responses tab of your form.
  • Using Google Sheets: Your responses will be stored in a spreadsheet.

By default, your responses will be stored inside the form. However, if you'd like to save them to a spreadsheet, here's how:

  1. Navigate to the Responses tab of your form.
    clicking the responses tab
  2. Click the More button.
    clicking the more icon
  3. From the drop-down menu, click Select response destination.

    clicking select response destination
  4. Select either Create a new spreadsheet or Select existing spreadsheet.
    selecting current or new spreadsheet

The method you choose will depend on both the type of information you're collecting and how many recipients you plan on sending the form to. We'll cover this in greater detail in our lesson on organizing and analyzing your responses.

What next?

Once you've finished adding your questions, your form will be ready to go! In the next lessons, we'll talk about adjusting settings and sending the form out to all of your recipients.