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About Signature Questions

The Signature question type presents survey participants with an entry box where they can draw their signature. On a desktop, they can use their mouse, and on a mobile device they can use their finger.

A question in a survey where respondents can provide a signature

Setting Up a Signature Question

  1. Click the Create a New Question Item dropdown and choose Signature.
    Adding a signature question to the survey
  2. Enter your question text.
    Ability to sign here in the box provided

Signature Question Options

The signature question type has limited customization options. These options are found in the question editing pane on the right of a selected signature question.

Signature question options in the left editing pane

  • Box size: increase or decrease the size of the signature box.
  • Show “sign here”: You can toggle the “sign here” text on or off using this text box.
  • Force response: Use this setting to force respondents to answer the question in order to view the rest of the survey.

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 tab, you can view aggregate data with pre-made reports as well as create your own. From the Data & Analysis tab, you can view and manipulate your survey responses on an individual basis.


The paginated table is the only visualization type for signature questions. For more information on this visualization, please visit the Paginated Table support page.

Downloaded Signature Data

In the exported data set, four columns are included: the Id, Name, Size, and Type of file.

csv of signature data

Qtip: If Require permission to view uploaded files is enabled in your Survey Options, the link to the signature file can only be viewed by the survey owner. If you cannot access the URL from your data export, it is because you are not the survey owner and the survey owner has Require permission to view uploaded files turned on. If you’d like anyone to be able to view the links from the dataset, you will need to turn off the Require permission to view uploaded files option.

ZIP Download

Rather than downloading your uploaded files in spreadsheet form, you can download a ZIP file with all the files uploaded by your respondents. When exporting your data in responses, just choose the User Submitted Files format.
user submitted files option on the data exporter

Qtip: Depending on the number files that have been uploaded, this ZIP file may be quite large and could take a while to download.