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Qtip: The table of contents feature is turned off by default in some Qualtrics accounts. If you don’t see this feature in your account, check with your Brand Administrator for more information.

About the Table of Contents

You can add a table of contents to your survey to allow your respondents to easily navigate between your question blocks and track their overall progress.

Table of Contents Functionality

The table of contents is an element in your survey flow, just like branch logic or randomizers.

When a respondent reaches a table of contents, they see a list of all the blocks included within the table of contents and can choose to start in any block.

A survey where there is a list of clickable contents

At any point, the respondent can click on a sidebar to see a list of all blocks in the table of contents. The respondent can then click on a block to move to that section of the survey. Any completed blocks will have a checkmark, helping the respondent keep track of their progress.

Three line icon in top-left corner reveals the Contents list again, any time in the survey

When the respondent completes the last block in the table of contents, they’ll be directed to a conclusion page that lists all blocks in the survey and asks if they’re ready to submit their answers. If the respondent is ready, they can click the submit button. If they’re not ready, they can click on any of the blocks to review their answers.

Table of contents in a survey

Setting Up the Table of Contents

  1. Open your Survey flow in the Survey tab.
    Survey flow selected to left. Add Below button on every block and Add a New element button at the bottom of every flow. What do you want to add? menu open with blue Table of Contents selected
  2. Click Add a New Element Here or Add Below.
  3. Select Table of Contents.
  4. Move the Table of Contents element to its appropriate location by clicking on Move and dragging the element.
    Move button on the table of contents. Table of contents at the top of the survey flow with every block indented underneath it. Apply button bottom-right.
  5. Move the desired question blocks and other elements so that they’re nested beneath the table of contents element.
    Qtip: The names of the blocks in the table of contents are the block names in the survey builder.
  6. Click Apply.

Customizing the Table of Contents

You have several available options to customize your table of contents, ranging from adding a header to showing the respondent’s progress through each block.

Table of Contents Header

You can enter a custom title for your table of contents that will be seen by your survey respondents. Just enter the header text directly into the Header box.

Header field of a Table of Contents that says Contents

If you are translating your survey, you can enable the ToC header from Library option to insert a message from your library. From within your messages library, you can add translations to your message. This method also allows you to access the rich content editor and customize your header even further.

Table of Contents Options

There are many customization settings available in the table of contents’ Options menu.

Options button on a table of contents

From here, you can include or remove additional messages, give or hide navigational tools, and more.

Options window

  • Add Table of Contents introduction message: Specify an introduction message to show respondents at the beginning of the table of contents.
    Message above a table of contents in the survey
  • Add Table of Contents conclusion page: Display the table of contents block list (showing which blocks have and have not been answered) at the end of the table of contents, allowing the respondent to jump to both answered and unanswered blocks (enabled by default). You can display a default message or create your own.
    Table of contents in a survey
  • Show Sidebar: Display an icon in the top left corner of the survey that shows the table of contents navigation menu when clicked (enabled by default). This allows respondents to switch between blocks mid-survey.
    icon in upper-left allowing you to access the contents list again
  • Show Block Progress: Display percent complete metric next to each block name in the sidebar navigation menu.
    Selecting a section from the table of contents

    Qtip: Questions without force response are considered complete in the block progress percentage. This is because survey takers have the option not to answer this question. For example, if your block contains 10 questions and 5 of those questions do not have force response, the progress percentage will start at 50%.
  • Skip Initial Table of Contents page: Skip the default initial table of contents introduction and block list page.
    An X over the landing page for a table of contents, saying it will not be displayed
  • Show Button: Display a button in the bottom-center of the survey page that allows the respondent to navigate to the table of contents menu page at any time. You set the text of the button.
    A button on the center bottom of the survey says "Return to Table of Contents"

Additional Block Options

Blocks nested under a table of contents element have additional options available to them. To access these options, click ToC Options on the desired question block.
image of a survey flow with a table of contents element and question blocks underneath. The ToC options on a question block is selected and the options are visible

  • Force respondent to finish the block: This option requires respondents to complete the question block by pressing the next button on the final page in the block.
  • Use translatable block label: This option lets you select a translated message from your messages library to be used as the block label in your table of contents. This option is useful if you’re using a table of contents in a translated survey.

Table of Contents and Other Features

Only certain survey flow elements can be used within a table of contents: blocks, branches, and additional table of contents. All other elements are not compatible with the table of contents.

In addition, if you are using loop & merge with a table of contents, the block will not loop until the respondent answers the question that the loop is based off of.