About Text Entry Questions
Text entry questions allow you to collect open-ended responses from your respondents.
The text entry question has several variations that change the size and type of the text box. You can access these variations under Text Type in the question editing pane.
The single line variation provides respondents with a one line text box. While respondents can write responses well beyond the limits of the box, the single line format encourages a more succinct answer.
Multiple Lines and Essay Text Box
The multiple lines and essay text box variations provide respondents with multiple lines, encouraging respondents to provide a longer response. As you can see below, this change is not reflected in the editor, but in the preview of the question.
The password variation provides a single line text box. Any characters typed into the text box are disguised by dots.
Text Entry Validation
Once you toggle Add validation to the blue “on” setting in this area, you can specify the exact type of response you want (e.g., set Content type to only accept answers in the format of an email address) or a specific length for the response (e.g., 200 characters). Respondents will not be able to move past the question until a correctly formatted response has been entered.
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.
Downloaded Data Format
Each text entry box in your survey will be shown as a column in your downloaded data, with a row for each response. For most variations, there will be only one text box and so only one column for the question in your file. For the form variation, there are multiple text boxes and so there will be multiple columns.