Microsoft Forms is a fantastic gem, and an often overlooked and underutilized part of Microsoft 365. Easy to use, quick to share, and clear reporting capabilities are just a few of the features among user favorites.
Compared to Survey Monkey or Google Forms, Microsoft Forms is more than simply an online survey creator. Avid users of Microsoft Forms would declare that an unjust oversimplification and tick off many of its features, one by one:
Yes, Microsoft Forms helps you collect data, but more importantly, it helps you analyze this data in more meaningful ways.
With the same innovation and efficiency as the Microsoft 365 family of productivity apps, Microsoft Forms offers users an easy-to-follow widget that guides you step by step. Creating forms to collect information and gain insight with accurate results.
Visit the Microsoft Forms homepage, and log in using your Microsoft account. Don’t worry if you don’t already have a Microsoft account – creating one is easy and doesn’t cost you anything. You don’t need to download anything to install on your computer or device, either.
Everyone sees the same “Welcome” screen upon logging in, including first-timers, and you may notice a navigation menu on the side of your screen with more Microsoft 365 productivity apps to help you switch between applications. Your Microsoft Forms dashboard will already be loaded as your My Forms section.
Create a Form and Choose a Form Name
Click on the (+) plus sign to create your first new Form, and the widget will prompt you to name your Form and add a Form description before moving into the Questions section.
Choose Your Form Questions
After adding your Form name and description, click on the button that says “+ Add New” to start adding questions to your Form. Your question style options will include:
Preview and Test Your Form
Before you click “Send” to share your Form and begin collecting responses, this is the point when you can preview your Form to review what you’ve entered and be certain your Form is ready. In Preview, you can also see how your Form will look for mobile users.
You can also test your Form in Preview mode by logging test responses. If you need to edit your Form at this point, you can click “Back” and make changes. If you are finished with your Form and you’re ready, click “Send” and a menu will give you options for how to share your Form, including embed codes and email.
The demand for cloud-based applications and communication tools is skyrocketing, and Microsoft Forms offers users the opportunity to build a Form in a few quick steps and begin collecting real-time responses without the need for added programs, downloads, or complex software to learn.
Start getting answers fast with Microsoft Forms and discover your favorite features today!
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