Google Drive allows you to create forms to collect data.  This can be useful for surveys or registration forms.

Creating a Google Form

To create a Google Form, log into your Google Drive, and click the New button.  

New File Button

Then choose Google Form from the More menu.

Select Google Form

You will then be taken to the form editing page. An initial question will be created for you.

Google Form Initial Question

Type the question in the appropriate box.  Google Forms will use what you type to attempt to choose a relevant question type for you.  If it chooses a type that’s not what you want, select the desired type from the dropdown menu.

Form Question Type

If the question type that you choose has options, you will be able to type them directly below the question.  If you want to require users to provide an answer to the question, click the Required switch.

Forms Required Question

To edit the question, simply click it and the editing tools will pop up.

Delete the question by clicking the question and clicking .

To add a new question, click the plus sign on the bar at the far right.

Add New Question

An editable question will appear below the current questions.

Form Settings

To edit the settings for the form, click on the gear at the top of the form.

Edit Form Settings

The General settings page comes up.

General Form Settings

On this page, you can choose whether to collect recipients’ CNU e-mail address automatically, require sign-in to CNU Connect for those who answer your form or prevent people from submitting multiple responses.  You can also give responders the ability to edit their responses or see a summary of the data you’ve collected after submitting the form.

The Presentation tab has a number of other options.

Form Settings Presentation

On this tab, you can control whether forms with multiple sections show a progress bar.  You can also randomize the order of the questions. The final two options control what happens once a user submits the response.  You have the option to customize the message that users receive, as well whether they see a link to fill out your form again.

When you’re satisfied with your settings, click Save.

Save Form Settings

Publishing your Form

To allow people to fill out your form, click on the “Send” button.

Send Google Form

A popup window will come up giving you the opportunity to send your form a number of ways.  The default is by e-mail. Customize your e-mail, enter recipients, and click send.

Form Sending Window

If you want to send a link to the form through another method, you can get it by clicking on the link icon.

Form Send Link

You can then highlight the link and click Copy or press CTRL+C (Command+C on the mac).  If you want a short URL, click the Shorten URL checkbox.

Copy Form Link

These are the main ways to share your form.  There are several others, so contact Academic Technologies for advice if these don’t meet your needs.

Viewing Responses

To view the responses, click the Responses tab at the top of the form.

View Form Responses

On this tab, you can view a summary of all of the responses to your form.

Responses Summary

You can also click on Individual at the top to view each individual response to the form.

Individual Responses

To view the form as a spreadsheet (like you would in the old Forms), click on the Google Sheet icon at the top.

View Form Responses as Sheet

Advanced Google Forms Topics

This tutorial only covers the simplest use of Google Forms.  For more information, see Google’s help documentation at

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