Default Answers: Preselecting an Answer Option

If you'd like your question to have a preselected answer option or default text automatically populated:

  1. Edit your question and click the Layout tab.
  2. In the Default Answer field, enter the exact reporting value of the answer you want selected by default or click Insert merge code to populate from questions on previous pages or email invite data.Default Answer: Contact Data
  3. Save Question and take a look!
  • Respondents will still be able to change this preselected answer option or default text, it's merely a suggestion.
  • For grid type questions, the column headers would be the reporting value to enter in the Default Answer field.

Using Contact Data as Default Answer Text

Displaying contact data from email campaigns is an excellent use of the Default Answer tool. For example, you can display the current contact information in a Contact Form and ask the respondent to make any necessary changes. 

Contact Form With Default Answers

Follow these steps to display contact information as the default answer.

  1. Add a Contact Form question to your survey.
  2. Click the pencil icon next to edit the first subquestion and go to the Layout tab.
  3. Scroll to the Default Answer field.
  4. Click Select a Merge Code.
  5. Select the contact data field you would like to display and click Insert.

    Configure Default Answer

For a complete list of fields available for storing data with email campaign contacts and their associated fields check out the merge code reference.

How Does This Work for Grid Questions

If you set a default answer for a grid question, this will apply to all the rows in the grid. At this time there is not a way to specify a different default answer for each row in a grid.

Incompatible Question Types

This feature does not work with the following question types:

  • Image Select (Select One and Multi-Select)
  • Dropdown Menu Grid
  • Star Rating Grid
  • Ranking Grid
  • Textbox Grid
  • Textbox List
  • Custom Table

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