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Graphic Slider


The Graphic Slider provides a more engaging scale for respondents. It displays an image that changes as the scale adjusts. These formats can be particularly useful for younger audiences or for simple satisfaction feedback.


Graphic Slider Variations

Qualtrics has ten different graphic sliders for you to choose from. These formats can be accessed and adjusted in the question Editing Pane, located to the right of the question. Note that different options are available depending on whether the category type is set to Gauges or Bars, and it is not possible to upload your own graphic for this question type.

Ten Gauge

This slider controls a 0–10 scale represented by a gauge graphic.



This slider controls a 0–10 scale represented by a thermometer graphic.


Stop Light

This slider controls a 3-point scale represented by a stoplight graphic.


Smile and Smile Horizontal

This slider controls a 5-point scale represented by a smiley face.


Grades +/- and Grades

This slider controls a letter grade assignment (A–F). This slider can optionally include +/- grades.


Horizontal Bars

This slider controls a stack of horizontal bars.



This slider controls a stack of disks.


Building Blocks

This slider controls a stack of building blocks.


Additional Graphic Slider Settings

In addition to choosing one of the slider types above, the following options are available in the question Editing Pane for further customization.

Text Position

Graphic Slider questions have the unique functionality of choosing whether the question text will appear above, below, to the left, or to the right of the slider.


Horizontal and Vertical Position

Slider bars can be displayed either horizontally below the slider graphic or vertically beside it.


Bars Scale

The Horizontal Bars, Disks, and Building Blocks variations include the option to choose the number of scale points (5, 7, or 9), and to include text beside the scale.


Data Analysis

Once your responses have been collected, Qualtrics offers various methods to create reports both in and out of the platform. From the Reports module, you can view aggregate data with pre-made reports as well as create your own. From the Data & Analysis module, you can view and manipulate your survey responses on an individual basis.


There are seven visualization types available for Graphic Slider questions: Simple Table, Bar Chart, Line Chart, Pie Chart, Breakdown Bar, Statistics Table, and Gauge Chart. For more information on these visualizations please visit the linked visualization support pages.

Downloaded Data Format

Your data set will include a column for each Graphic Slider question. The value in this column for each participant is the coded value of the scale point they chose. The values will change depending on the graphic slider used, but in general, a “1” indicates the most negative scale point, and higher numbers indicate a more positive scale point.



For example, on a stoplight slider, “1” is a red light, and “3” is a green light. On a smile slider, “1” is a very sad face, and “5” is a very happy face.