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Creating Questions

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About Creating Questions

Once you’ve created your survey, you’re ready to start building. This page outlines how to add, delete, copy, and edit multiple questions at once in the Survey tab.

How to Add New Questions

  1. Click Add new question.
    Blue add question button in lower-right of builder, inside a block

    Qtip: Questions are numbered in the order they are created, not the order they appear in the survey. You can renumber your questions by using the Auto-Number Questions feature.
  2. Select your desired question type from the dropdown menu that appears.
    Menu expands from button showing a list of question types
  3. Click on any text to begin editing your question or choices.
    Answer choice selected, dropdown next to it

To add another question, you can hover over an existing question and click the green plus (+) buttons (either above or below the existing question), or you can select Add new question again.

Blue plus signs to left of a question, above and below, based on wehre you want to add the new question

Warning: Be careful to finish all your editing before you distribute your survey! Changing a question’s type after you’ve started collecting data may invalidate previous responses to that question.
Attention: The Edit Multiple feature is disabled as soon as you collect data on your survey. This is to prevent invalidation of your data. If you copy a survey where this feature has been disabled, the copy will also not contain the Edit Multiple feature.

Deleting Questions

If you no longer need a question, it can be deleted. A deleted question will be stored in your Trash at the bottom of the Survey tab screen until permanently deleted.

Warning: If your survey has collected responses, deleting a question will remove all of the data associated with that question. View our pages on Testing and Editing an Active Survey and Saving and Restoring for more information.

To delete a question

  1. Move your mouse over the question.
  2. Click the red minus sign (  ) that appears to the left.
    Red minus sign appears on left of question

To undelete a question

  1. Click the dropdown arrow to expand the Trash and see the questions inside it.
    Downward arrow, upper-left of trashcan
  2. Select the question you would like to undelete.
  3. Click Restore in the edit question pane.
    Restore appears to left

Permanently deleting a question

If you would like to permanently remove a question from your trash, select the question and then click Permanently Delete. To finalize the deletion, refresh your account. To permanently delete all questions from your trash at once, select Empty Trash.

Both deletion buttons highlighted

Editing Multiple Questions

Once you have selected multiple questions in your survey, a new menu will appear allowing you to delete, copy, and move questions in addition to other options.

You have three ways to select multiple questions:

  • Select the checkboxes of the questions you want to group.
    Checkboxes in upper-left of questions are selected
  • Hold 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 both the questions you clicked and all the questions in between.

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

As when selecting a single question, a menu opens to the left with options of what you can do to all of the ones selected at once

Group Actions

  • Delete questions: Delete selected questions. Deleted questions will be stored in your Trash until permanently deleted.
  • Copy questions: Copy all selected questions at once. Copied questions are placed below the currently selected questions.
  • Move to new block: Moves selected questions into a newly created block placed at the end of the survey.
  • Response requirements: If you select Add requirements, you will be able to force or request a response on all selected questions. See Response Requirements & Validation for more details.
    Response requirements, includes force response and request response

Copying Questions

If you already have the question you need in another survey, you can save time by adding that question to your survey rather than re-creating it. You can also copy pre-built questions from the Qualtrics Library.

To copy a question from your current survey

  1. Select the question.
  2. Click the dots in the upper-right of the question.
    Dots expanded, duplicate selected
  3. Select Duplicate.

To copy a question from a previous survey

  1. Click Import from library.
    Import questions button, right next to create new question button at bottom of blocks in the builder
  2. Select My Surveys to access your other surveys currently in your account.
    New window opens. My Surveys is the last choice

    Qtip: You’ll also have access to your Personal Library (which holds any surveys you’ve saved to your library), the Qualtrics Library, and possibly other libraries within your organization.
  3. Select the survey you want to copy the question(s) from.
  4. Select the question(s) you would like to copy.
    Selecting question to left; previewed on the right; bottom-right button to insert
  5.  Click Import Question.
    Qtip: If you select Keep Question Export Tags on the bottom-left, you can keep the imported question number as the original question’s. If the question is Q1 in the original survey, it will be Q1 when you import it. However, if you deselect this option, the imported question will increment. So if you already have 10 questions on your survey and import one more with Keep Question Export Tags deselected, it will become Q11 regardless.

To copy a question from the Qualtrics Library

The Qualtrics library comes equipped with all kinds of helpful, prebuilt content. To learn more about adding questions from the Qualtrics Library and the questions available, see the Pre-Made Qualtrics Library Questions support page.

Moving Questions

As you build your survey, you may find you need to change the order of your questions. Thankfully, moving questions around is easy, and can be done one-by-one, or with multiple selected at once. All of these methods allow you to move questions across blocks.

Moving One Question

This option allows you to move a question up or down one space at a time.

  1. Click on the question you’d like to move, which will be outlined in blue.
    Moving a question

    Qtip: You can select multiple questions at once by holding the Shift key on your keyboard when clicking on your questions.
  2. Hover your mouse around the border of the question or block until it makes a four-way arrow.
  3. Click the left mouse button.
  4. Drag your mouse to where you want to move the question or block in your survey. A blue line will appear showing where the question is being moved to.
    Moving questions
  5. Release the left mouse button.

Example: Check out the below GIF demonstrating how to drag and drop a question in the survey builder.

Gif of questions moving

Moving Multiple Questions

This option lets you move multiple questions at once. This option allows you to move questions as far across the survey as you need.

  1. Select the questions you’d like to move, which will then have a blue checkmark in the top left corner and be outlined in blue.
    Selecting multiple questions

    Qtip: You can select multiple questions at once by holding the Shift key on your keyboard when clicking on your questions.
  2. Hover your mouse around the border of one of the questions until it makes a four-way arrow.
    Selecting multiple questions
  3. Click the left mouse button.
  4. Drag your mouse to where you want to move the questions. A blue line will appear showing where the questions is being moved to.
    Moving Questions
  5. Release the left mouse button.
Example: Check out the below GIF demonstrating how to drag and drop multiple questions in the survey builder.
Gif showing how to move multiple questions as described in the steps above
Qtip: If you’d like to move your selected questions together into a new block, you might want to try the option called Move to a New Block.

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