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About Block Options

Blocks are sets of questions within your survey. Typically, questions are separated into blocks for the purpose of conditionally displaying an entire block of questions, or for randomly presenting entire blocks of questions. These branching and randomization options are found in the Survey Flow.

Example: In academic research, you might have two sets of questions: one for a control group of participants and one for an experimental group. Rather than creating two surveys, you could create two blocks of questions within one survey and randomly assign participants to one block or the other.

Blocks can also be used to organize longer surveys. For example, the first two questions in your survey might be in a block called “Introduction,” and the rest of your survey questions in a block called “Main Survey.”

Introduction block is collapsed, whereas the one below isn't

Qtip: Respondents won’t see these block titles, but adding a description that they will see is easy. Simply add a Descriptive Text question as the first question in your block. This is found in the question types menu, or by removing all the choices from a multiple choice question.

On this page you will learn everything you need to create and edit question blocks.

Adding a New Block

When you first create your survey and enter the Survey tab, you’ll notice it already includes one block. If you need another question block, simply click Add Block where you want the block to be inserted (Add Block is located beneath every block).

Add Block button between blocks

Splitting an Existing Block

  1. In the Survey tab, select the boxes to the left of each question you would like moved to a separate block.
    Multiple blocks checkmarked with Move to a New Block option appearing to the right
  2. Click the Move to a New Block option that appears once you have multiple questions selected.
    Qtip: A group of consecutive questions can be quickly selected by clicking on the first question and then holding Shift and clicking on the last question. For more information, visit our page on editing multiple questions.

Your questions will now be placed in a new block at the bottom of your survey. To move your block elsewhere, use Move Block Up or Move Block Down in the Block Options menu or go to the Survey Flow.

Saving a Block to Your Library

If you’d like to use the same set of questions in multiple surveys but don’t want to create questions from scratch each time, you can save the block to your library.

To save to your library

  1. In the Survey tab, click Block Options for the block you want to save.
    Block Options menu in upper-right of a block reveals Copy Block to Library
  2. Select Copy Block To Library.
  3. Select the library where your block will be saved, choose a folder to save it in, and give the block a description.
    Copy Block to Library window

    Qtip: Saving the block to your Personal Library will save it for your own use. You might also see other Group Libraries available. Blocks saved to a Group Library will be available for use by all members of that group.
  4. Click Copy.
    copy button on bottom-right

Adding a Block from Your Library

A block that is saved to the your library can be added to any survey. This can save you the hassle of re-creating questions.

To add a block from the your library

  1. In the Survey tab, click Import Questions From at the bottom of any existing block.
    Import questions from button on bottom-center of every block
  2. Select the library where your block is located.
    Please Select a Library window
  3. Select Block Library.
    Select a Library Type window
  4. Choose the folder where your block is assigned.
    Please Select a Category window
  5. Select the content you want to import on the left and then click Import Question(s).
    Select a Question to Use window, with questions listed along the left

    Qtip: By default, importing a block will add a copy of the block and all its questions to your survey. Alternatively, you could reference the block instead. This will keep your inserted block synced with the library version, updating the block with any changes that occur in the library.

Renaming a Block

Qualtrics gives each new block a default name. You can rename a block at any time. Although block names will not appear for survey respondents, names can help you keep your survey organized.

To rename a block

  1. In the Survey tab, click the current block name.
    Introduction blocks name at the top
  2. Type in the new name.
  3. Click anywhere off of the block name to save the changes.
Qtip: Respondents won’t see the block name, but adding a description that they will see is easy. Simply add a Descriptive Text question as the first question in your block. This is found in the question types menu, or by removing all the choices from a multiple choice question.

Collapsed Blocks

If you have a number of blocks and only want to view the one you are currently editing, it may be helpful to collapse the other blocks.

To collapse a block, click the arrow next to the block name.

arrow next to the block name

To expand a collapsed block, click anywhere in the collapsed block header.
Collapsed block

Large Block Mode

Once a survey has 60+ questions and/or page breaks (including questions/page breaks in the trash), your survey will be in Large Block Mode. This shows a reduced form of the questions. Clicking on a question will expand the question. This saves load time and minimizes scrolling distance in large surveys. At 70+ questions, all blocks in the survey will be automatically collapsed as well.

You can turn Large Block Mode off and back on (once it has been triggered) for a block by clicking on the text next to the block name at the top of the block. When you leave the Survey tab and return to it, the setting will be enabled again.

Using Blocks in the Survey Flow

In the Survey Flow, you can choose which blocks will be displayed to which respondents, and in what order. To learn how to display a block conditionally, refer to our Branch Logic page. To learn how to randomly select a block to display, refer to our Block Randomization page.

All blocks are automatically included in the Survey Flow; however, there may be cases where you’d like a block to be included in multiple locations in the flow, or where you’ve removed a block from the flow but would like to put it back. This process is detailed on our Show Block page.

Qtip: If you insert the same block twice into your Survey Flow, the second time the respondent sees the block, all of the answers will be pre-filled and the respondent will be able to review and update what they answered previously. Only the latest set of answers will be included in the dataset. To learn more, view our Show Block page.

Using Block Options

Block Options can be found on the top right of every block. In addition to the abilities mentioned above, the following options are available:

Block Options menu in upper-right of a block

View Block

View Block allows you to preview a single block in your survey. This is especially helpful in longer surveys; rather than previewing your entire survey from the beginning, you can preview just a specific section.

Qtip: This option will not function properly if Loop & Merge is enabled on the block. To preview a block with Loop & Merge, use the Preview Survey option.

View Block in Survey Flow

View Block in Survey Flow brings you to the block in the Survey Flow. This option is especially useful if you have a very complex or long Survey Flow and want to locate the block for troubleshooting.

Collapse Questions

Collapse Questions reduces the size of your questions for easy navigation and can be enabled or disabled by clicking Collapse Questions. When this option is enabled, the question text and any choice text will display in a condensed format.

When collapsed, an icon appears to the left of your questions and indicates what the question type is. Radio buttons, checkboxes, text entry boxes, and other features of your questions will not display.

Question type icons on the left

To uncollapse a single question, click on the question. It will remain uncollapsed until you click on a different question.

Lock Block

Lock Block is useful when others have access to your survey but you do not want any edits to be made to the block. You can add a password to the block so it can only be unlocked for further edits by entering the password.

In the Lock Block menu, you can lock the block without a password by simply clicking Lock. To use a password, first type a password and then click Lock.

Lock Block window

To unlock a block, click Locked (or Locked With Password if you used a password). If prompted, enter the appropriate password. Note that once a block has been unlocked, you will need to lock it again to prevent further edits.

Block with a red banner that says Locked with Password

Question Randomization

Question Randomization allows you to randomize the order of the questions in your block, display only a subset of the questions, and even permanently hide certain questions.

Loop & Merge

Loop & Merge allows you to present the same questions to a respondent multiple times. For example, if your block is a set of product satisfaction questions, you might want to repeat the block for each product the respondent has purchased.

Next/Previous Button Text

With the Next/Previous Button Text option, you can specify the text of the Next and Previous buttons that respondents see in this particular block.

Next Previous Button editing window

Qtip: You can put the last page of your survey in a separate block and use this option to change the Next button text to “Submit.” Respondents will know they have reached the last page of your survey.

Move Block Up and Move Block Down

These options allow you to change the order in which your blocks are presented amongst each other. You can also change block position in the Survey Flow.

Block Options menu in upper-right of a block reveals Move Block Up and Move Block Down

Add Block Below

This option adds a new block below your existing one.

Copy Block

You can use Copy Block to create a copy of the block within the survey you are editing. This can be a time-saver if you have similar questions repeated in the survey.

To copy a block, click Copy Block and enter in the name of the new block. The block will appear at the bottom of your survey and will contain all the questions of the original. In addition, any logic will also be copied and will continue to reference the same items referenced in the original questions.

Block Options menu in upper-right of a block reveals Copy Block

Copy Questions To Library

Copy Questions To Library is similar to the Copy Block To Library feature, except that it saves each question individually to your library rather than saving the block as a whole. Learn more about it on our Survey Library page.

Delete Block

Delete Block will delete the block and all questions within the block. Be careful when using this option to ensure that you do not delete anything that you need. Deleted questions will be added to the Trash / Unused Questions section at the bottom of the survey.

Qtip: If you delete all the blocks in your survey, Qualtrics will automatically insert a new block so you still have a place to add questions.