Demo Video - Form Builder for Docs
Tutorial - Form Builder for Docs
Tutorial in SharingTree
Thanks to David Fogliatti (CEO of SharingTree and a Form Builder user) for making this wonderful tutorial.
Setup Form Builder for Docs
Start Form Builder for Docs
To start Form Builder for Docs
Open a Google Docs
click on add-on from menu bar
select Form Builder for Docs from pop up menu
Click on Start to start Form Builder for Docs
Note: If you have not installed Form Builder for Docs yet, please refer Installation for instructions
Load content from Google Docs
Consider that you have the questions/fields for the form in a Google Docs. And you want to build a Google Form using that data.
Select the pattern Full Document or Selected Content.
Full Document: If you select the Full Document as name suggest it selects the entire document content and loads all the fields available for you.
Selected Content: If you want only selected content to be loaded then you can select this pattern.
Click GET button
Form Builder lists all fields and makes fields/questions ready for you to import
You can change the pattern and hit GET button to refresh the list of fields/ questions.
Below is the sample data you can see the pattern.
Prepare Google Form and Importing
Click on Choose or Create to add new fields to the existing Form or to create a new Form
After selecting the Form you can see the Form name just below the Change and Create button.
You can access the selected Form by clicking on the Open in New icon.
You can import individual field by clicking on the pin icon button under Action
You can also import the selected fields by clicking Import Selected button
You can configure the question i.e its type, option values by clicking setting icon.
Switch on the Overwrite Form Content if you want the content of selected form (fields/questions) to be cleared (deleted) before import.
If you like to change option types items from listed question to some other options type you can achieve by selecting options from Make options as drop-down to choose Multiple choice or check box or drop down.
Before doing actual import, you can (optionally) customise the configuration of any field/question that is listed
Click on GEAR/ Settings icon in the list to open comprehensive custom configuration GUI. You can mark a field as required, change type and setup answer options using this custom configuration GUI
Example: if question type is multiple choice and you want to change to drop down you can easily change its type or even its option values also can be easily change.
If the question is custom configured and marked as required, then GEAR icon's color will change.
Google Docs Formatting Rules and Tips
Rules - Form Builder recognises the content with following ways
If text or paragraph in the document is followed by bulleted/ numbered values then form builder automatically make the text as question and bulleted/ numbered values are set answer options with type multiple choice.
If a bulleted or number item is in bold font, then it is considered as correct answer (and form is set as quiz)
If the text/question does not have any bullet values followed, then it is considered as simple question with type set as short answer.
Any images in the Google Doc is imported as image in Google Form
You can set required property by making question as bold font
If question is heading 1 style then it is imported as section type
if Multiple Choice questions have OTHER(In capital letters) text at the last position on options. It will be imported as enable Other property of Multiple Choice Questions.
Once the content is loaded in the sidebar, user can choose type of the field as one of the following
Multiple choice grid
Date, Time, Date Time
Also, user can go for comprehensive custom configuration using Settings/ GEAR icon button
Read the rules above (a few times, please)
For questions, do not have use bullet/ number formatting
For answer options, use bullet/ number formatting. Otherwise, it will not get identified automatically
To add 'Other' in Multiple choice questions use 'OTHER'(in capital letters) as the last option.
For correct answer, mark that bulleted/ numbered item as bold
Content from Google Doc table, will be considered as questions. Answer options inside Google Doc table cannot be imported as answer options.
Enjoy simplified Google Form Building !