Creating Questions

Introduction

Once you’ve created a survey, you’re ready to start building! This page explains how to add, delete, copy, and edit questions in the Edit Survey tab.

Adding Questions

Questions are the backbone of any survey. Start here to add new questions to your survey. To add questions from a previous survey or the Qualtrics Library, view the tutorial on Copying Questions.

To add a question:

  1. Click Create a New Item.

    create a new item
  2. Qtip: Questions are numbered in the ordered they are created, not the order they appear in the survey. Renumber your questions at any time using the Auto-Number Questions feature.
  3. A multiple choice question will be created by default. To change the question type, click the Change Item Type drop-down and then select the question type. Head over to our Question Types Guide for more information on each of the question types.

    change item type
Attention: Be careful! Changing an item type after you’ve started collecting data will invalidate previous responses to that question.

Deleting Questions

If you no longer need a question, it can be deleted. A deleted question will be stored in your trash bin until permanently deleted.

Warning: Deleting a question in an active survey will invalidate all of the data associated with that question. View our tutorial on Testing and Editing an Active Survey for more information.

To delete a question:

  1. Click the question.

    click question
  2. Click the red minus sign.

Editing Multiple Questions

Select multiple questions that you can then copy, delete, or move as a group.

To select multiple questions, there are three options:

  • Select the checkboxes of the questions you want to group.

    checkboxes
  • Hold Cmd or Ctrl and click the questions you want to group.
  • Click the first question you want to select, hold Shift, and then click the last question you want to select. This will select the questions you clicked and all the questions in between.

Once you have selected multiple options, a list of group actions will appear to the right of the questions.

group options

Group Actions:

  • Send to Trash: Delete selected questions. Deleted questions will be stored in your trash until permanently deleted.
  • Copy: Copy multiple questions at once. Copied questions are placed below the selected questions.
  • Group: Pull questions that are spread out across the survey into one location. Grouped questions are pulled to the location of the last selected question.
  • Move to a New Block: Create a new block and move selected questions into that block. The new block is placed at the end of the survey.
  • Move: Relocate all selected questions to a designated spot in the survey.
  • Validation: Enable Force Response on all selected questions.

Copying Questions

Already have the question you need in another survey? Save time by adding a question you’ve already created or copying a question from the Qualtrics Library.

To copy a question from your current survey:

  1. Click the question.

    click question
  2. Click Copy.

    copy question

To copy a question from a previous survey:

  1. Click the purple plus sign. purple plus sign
  2. Select My Surveys or a group or organization library.

    my surveys library
  3. Select the survey from which to copy the question.

    choose survey
  4. Click the question or questions you would like to copy.

    select question
  5. Click Add Question.

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To copy a question from the Qualtrics Survey Library:

  1. Click the purple plus sign. purple plus sign
  2. Choose Survey Library.

    Survey Library
  3. Select the survey category.

    select survey category
  4. Select the survey.

    select survey in org library
  5. Click the question or questions you want to copy.

    select question (survey library)
  6. Click Add Question.

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    • To copy a question from the Qualtrics Question Library:

      1. Click the purple plus sign. purple plus sign
      2. Choose Question Library.

        Question Library
      3. Select the question category.

        question library category
      4. Click the question or questions you would like to copy.

        click question or questions
      5. Click Add Question.

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