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Auto-Number Questions


Question Numbers are the numbers to the left of each question. By default, they’re preceded by a “Q,” and in their unmodified state, they act as a question creation counter (e.g., “Q15” represents the 15th question you have created for the survey).


You can change an individual Question Number by clicking on the number and editing within the text box that appears. Note that Question Numbers do not need to be unique, and you can use both letters and numbers.

If you’d rather not edit each Question Number individually or you’d like all your numbers to be in order, you can use Auto-Number Questions. This feature sequentially orders all the Question Numbers in your survey at once. Note the just question numbers are changed; questions themselves are not moved.

Auto-Numbering Questions

  1. Navigate to the Survey module and click Tools.image04
  2. Choose Auto-Number Questions.image01
  3. If desired, enter a prefix (the default is “Q”) and click  the numbering option you want.2016-01-15_12-30-07

Numbering Options

There are three numbering options for you to choose from:

  • Sequential Numbering: Automatically rewrites the Question Numbers in numerical order.
  • Block Numbering: Automatically rewrites the Question Numbers in numerical order, starting the numbering over with each block. (Q1.1, Q1.2, Q2.1, etc.).
  • Internal ID Numbering: Re-number your questions to match the internal question ID. This QID is seen in Piped Text and used with the JavaScript Question API.

Displaying Question Numbers

By default, Question Numbers are not seen by respondents; instead, they are used to identify your questions when you are reviewing your downloaded data or referencing questions within the Qualtrics platform.

If desired, you can display the Question Numbers to respondents as they are taking the survey. Simply open your Survey Options and enable Show Question Numbers. Note that these numbers do not reorder when you use logic to skip the respondent ahead in the survey or when you use randomizers.

As an alternative to showing Question Numbers, you could use a Progress Bar to give respondents a better idea of how far along they are in the survey.