Google Doc Forms

on Friday, October 16, 2009

This is an incredibly useful tool I use so often, and suggest to others so frequently, I was actually surprised to realize I hadn't written about this already.

You can easily build an online form and have it write the resulting data to an online Excel document housed at a Google Docs account. The form can handle many kinds of questions: multiple choice, multiple answer, text, paragraph text, grids, and scales.

To create a Google Docs form, go to your Google Docs home page. Choose Create New, then Form.

Simply type your question text into the Question Title box, choose your question type, and type in your answer options.

If you like, you can add a customized confirmation message. The resultant poll can be emailed, published as a stand alone web page, or embedded in an existing webpage or blog (as I've done below). The data will be automatically written to an Excel form at the Google Docs site.

Here's a sample form embedded into this blog. It's a live, functioning form, so feel free to fill it out. I promise to read your answers!


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