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About Graphic Slider Questions

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.

A question where the response is given on a smiley face, with a slider that changes its expression

Graphic Types

Qualtrics has ten different graphic sliders for you to choose from. These formats can be accessed and adjusted in the question editing pane under Graphic type. It is not possible to upload your own graphic for this question type.


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

A ten gauge graphic slider


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

A thermometer graphic slider

Stop Light

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

Stop light graphic slider


This slider controls a 5-point scale represented by a smiley face. The horizontal version puts the slider in a horizontal position under the face.

Smile graphic slider

 Grades and Grades +/-

The Grades slider controls a letter grade assignment (A–F). Grades +/- looks the same, but includes +/- grades, too.

A graphic slider where the graphic is a grade that looks like it's been written on lined paper

Horizontal Bars

This slider controls a stack of horizontal bars.

A horizontal bars graphic slider


This slider controls a stack of disks.

A disks graphic slider

Building Blocks

This slider controls a stack of building blocks.

A building blocks graphic slider

Additional Graphic Slider Settings

In addition to choosing one of the slider types above, the following options are available for further customization. They can be found under the Format section in the question editing pane.

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.

The question is on the right of the graphic.

Slider Position

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

Slider is set to horizontal and is under the face instead

Scale points

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 scale point so the numbers of the scale appear to the right of each segment.

Bar slider set to a scale of 9, filled in red to the sixth block

Data Analysis

Once your responses have been collected, Qualtrics offers various ways you can analyze your response data. From the Reports tab, you can view aggregate data in pre-made reports as well as create your own reports from scratch. From the Data & Analysis tab, you can view and manage individual respondents’ data.


The visualizations in reports display information by rank. For instance, you can make a bar chart that displays how many people rated 1 on the graphic slider, 2, 3, and so on. You can also display the mean rank given in the question if you change the visualization’s metric to mean.

In the Results section of the Reports tab, 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.

In the Reports section of the Reports tab, there are similar visualizations available: data table, results table, bar chart, line chart, pie chart, breakdown bar, statistics table, and gauge chart.

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.


Graphic slider data in a CSV

For example, on a stoplight slider, “1” is a green light and “3” is a red light. On a smile slider (both horizontal and vertical), “1” is a very sad face and “5” is a very happy face. On a ten gauge slider, “1” is a low pressure and “10” is a high pressure. On a thermometer slider, “1” is a low temperature and “5” is a high pressure. On a grades slider, “1” is a low grade and “5” (without +/-) or “13” (with +/-) is a high grade.