Create a simple survey in Google Docs

October 5, 2009

Did you know that you can create a simple survey using Google Docs? You need a Google account (such as a Gmail account), but that’s all.

Note: You can delete your survey if you don’t like how you’ve created it, but it’s much easier to mock up what you want on paper first.

  1. Open Google Docs (if you’re in your Gmail account, click Documents at the top of the page).
  2. Select New > Form from the menu.
  3. A new tab opens with the beginnings of your survey form — add your data, add more questions, change question types etc. In effect, you’re creating a simple database with field names and data types.
  4. When you’re finished, apply a theme.
  5. Then decide how you will distribute your survey — you can email it or embed it in a web page. Hint: Email it to yourself or a small group of testers so you can test it BEFORE emailing it to hundreds or thousands of people!
  6. At any time while you’re creating your form, you can preview what it will look like by clicking the URL at the bottom of the editing page.

Here’s one I created in about 5 minutes:



  1. Hallo Rhonda,
    Thanks, this looks very useful! Will the form be visible to everyone by default?

  2. By default, Google Docs are private. You can share them with specific people, or share the URL.

  3. […] You’re now ready to start creating your documents, or uploading existing documents from your computer. The types of documents you can create include word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms. […]

  4. I’m working on my first Google Doc form right now, and I am so pleased to have some hand-holding in the form of this article. Thanks, Rhonda!

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