How to Create a Google Form with Branching Logic


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When you create a survey with Google Forms, you can use conditional questioning to send respondents to specific pages based on their answers. Here’s how you can use branching logic to send people to questions that pertain to their responses.

The first thing you want to do is open the Google Forms survey where you want to use logic branching. If you don’t already have a survey prepared—or if you haven’t ever used Forms before—check out our beginner’s guide to Google Forms to help you get started.

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Once you have the survey open, separate the questions that will have branching logic into different sections. You can create a new section by clicking on the icon that looks like two rectangles.

Click the icon with two rectangles.

Give each section a title. Doing this makes it a lot easier to differentiate each section and link answers together.

Giving a section a descriptive title will help you later on when you need to link the section to an answer.

To add more questions to your form, click the plus sign (+). If the questions already exist in your survey, drag them directly into the section where you want them to appear.

Click the plus sign (+).

Note: Branching logic works only for questions that use multiple choice or drop-down answers in them.

Choose either Multiple Choice or Drop-down questions to utilize Branching Logic.

Next, click on a question to add branching logic to. Click More (three dots) in the bottom-right corner and then click on “Go to Section Based on Answer.”

Click the three dots, and then click "Go to section based on answer."

From the list of answers, click the drop-down menu and then select the section you want it to connect to when someone chooses it.

Click the drop-down menu next to an answer, and then choose which section you want it to redirect to.

If you don’t want a respondent to skip a question, you can make it mandatory to answer by toggling the “Required” switch at the bottom of each item.

Toggle the "Required" switch to make sure the question is mandatory.

From here, go through the sections and set up the logical links for each question that needs it.

When you get to the end of a logic chain, click the drop-down menu at the bottom of the section and then choose “Submit Form” from the list of options.

At the end of a branching logic chain, click the drop-down menu at the bottom of the section, and then choose "Submit Form" from the list.

Whether you have multiple sites for an event and want to know how many people will be at each or want to create a fun choose-your-own-adventure story, Google Forms makes it easy to do with branch logic.

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By Brady Gavin

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