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How to make a Google Form: Create surveys, quizzes, and more

Learn how to create, share, and password-protect your Form here.
February 7, 2023

Google Forms is one of the more powerful collaboration tools in Google Workspace. It allows you to create a plethora of items, from quizzes to multiple-choice surveys and beyond. But how do you use them? Here’s everything you need to know about creating Google Forms.


Navigate to Google Forms on a web browser, then tap Blank + to create a new form. From there, you can create additional questions and sections, build quizzes, and more.


How to make a Google Form survey

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  • Navigate to Google Forms from your web browser.
  • Tap the Blank + option to create a new blank form.
    • Alternatively, you can select any of the templates.
  • The blank form will open with various options.
    • You can name the form and give it a description.
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  • To add a new question, tap the small plus button within a circle in the floating menu. Here you can set the type of answer required, be it multiple choice, checkboxes, short answers, full paragraphs, or an item from a dropdown. You can add as many questions as you wish.
  • To add a new section, tap the small double rectangle button in the floating menu. Unlike a new question, this option essentially adds another page to the document where you can have additional questions. You can add as many sections as you wish.
  • You can also add an image or video to the form. Tap the image or video buttons on the floating menu and select media to upload. You can grab a file from your computer to upload, choose a URL, or use an image from Google Drive or Images.

See also: How to upload files to Google Drive

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  • There are also options to customize your Google Form. At the top of the page tap the paint palette to access themes, change fonts, and select a header image.
  • Once you’re happy with your layout, you can preview the form before sharing it. Tap the eye icon alongside the paint palette to access the preview mode.

How to make a Google Form quiz

  • Navigate to Google Forms from your web browser.
  • Tap the Blank + option to create a new blank form.
    • Alternatively, you can select any of the templates.
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  • Tap Settings above the form to access more form settings.
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  • Toggle on Make this a quiz.
    • Selecting this option will assign each question a point value. It will also allow the creator to set answers and automatically provide feedback to the respondent.
    • Creators will also have access to additional settings, including Release Grade settings and Respondent Settings.

How to share your Google Form

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Sharing a Google Form is simple. Once you’ve created the survey or quiz, tap the Send button to open the Send form. Here you can choose how to share the form — via email, link, HTML embed, or social media.

How to password protect a Google Form

There’s no official option to password protect a Google Form, but there is a nifty workaround. Find the full list of steps below.

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  1. In a blank Google Form, name the first question Password, or any related phrase.
  2. Set the question’s answer type to Short answer.
  3. Next, tap the three-dot menu button in the bottom right of the question box, then select Response validation.
  4. Select Regular expression, then Matches in the first two fields, respectively. In the Pattern field enter the password. Set the Custom error text as “Wrong password,” “Incorrect password,” or any related phrase.
  5. Toggle on the Required toggle. This will alert a respondent if an incorrect password is entered.
  6. Next, add a new section by tapping the double rectangle button in the floating menu.
  7. Once you’ve done this, a new option will appear titled “After section 1”. Tap on the dropdown arrow and select Go to section 2. This will funnel users with the correct password to the second section of the form where you can stage the bulk of your form’s questions.

Remember, you can test if your password works by tapping the Preview button and manually inputting the password yourself.

Importantly, this isn’t a solution to truly secure a form, but it does help prevent answers from those who do not have the password.

Top Google Form questions and answers

On Google Forms that do not require a name, email address, or other identifying information, your answers will be anonymous.

Yes. You can easily create as many forms as you’d like for free if you have a Google account.

According to Google, the company uses “industry-leading security measures to keep your data safe.” However, if you share a Google Form using the link sharing option, know that anyone can access it and fill it in provided they have that link.

Yes, you can make a QR code for a Google Form. Our QR code creation guide has more information on this topic.

Google Forms can be HIPAA compliant, but the creator is required to sign a Business Associate Agreement with Google. You can find more information from Google on this topic here.