Create a Survey

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Start by clicking the Create Survey button. Give your new survey a name and click Start Building.

Pat yourself on the back; you've created a survey! Ok, so it's not that simple. Click Next for the next step.

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Adding Pages to Your Survey

New SurveyGizmo surveys will always start with two pages, an initial page, called Page 1, and a Thank You Page. You can add as many questions to a survey page as you wish. You can also add pages by clicking Add Page between any two pages in your survey.

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Adding a Question

Next, start adding questions for your survey respondents by clicking Question at the bottom of the page or between any two existing questions.

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Selecting Your Question Type

Upon creation, questions will default to the Radio Buttons question type. This commonly-used question allows respondents to select a single choice from a list. Selecting the right question type can be tricky because this is the key to getting the data you need. Never fear, though; we're here to help!

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Selecting Your Question Type

Using the Question Type dropdown, select different question types and check out the preview of the question in your survey on the left; no commitment needed!

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Need more help selecting a question type?

We've built in a Question Types Cheatsheet to help you make a decision right inside the application. Scroll to the bottom of the question types dropdown menu and click the Question Types Cheat sheet link to view and interact with example questions. 

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Need more help selecting a question type?

If you like what you see, simply click the Use this Question Type link to select the question.

To learn even more, check out our Question Type Tutorials to see question and reporting examples!

Once you've selected the right question type for you, click next to learn how to add your question text. 

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Enter Your Question Text

Next, enter the question you wish to ask. Notice this will dynamically update the survey you are building on the left!

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Adding Your Answer Options

Your next step is to add answer options for your respondents to select. You can enter your answer options one by one. Click to Add Option at the bottom of the list to add new answer options.

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Adding Your Answer Options

You will also have an option to Paste in options. When pasting from a list, each option should be on its own line.

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Adding Your Answer Options

For many of our question types, you also have a library of common answer options (like US states or demographic information) available to choose from.

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Adding Your Answer Options

As with the question title, be sure to check out the preview of what your question will look like as you add answer options. When you are all finished, click Save Question. Rinse and repeat to finish building your survey!

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