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How to Create Form Sections and Logic in Google Forms

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How to Create Form Sections and Logic in Google Forms

By Justin Pot · April 18, 2019
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Most people won’t fill out a long form, or one with irrelevant questions. Form sections help you avoid this fate, because they break your form down into smaller, more manageable pieces. Form logic, meanwhile, allows you to design a form where people only see relevant questions, which means they'll be more likely to fill out your form.

Google Forms allows you to split any form into sections, each with their own page. Even better: you can create logic for who sees which sections based on their answers to the previous questions. It sounds complex, but it really isn't! Here's how to get started.

How to Add Form Sections in Google Forms

To create a section in your form, click the bottom button in the floating right panel.

Add a form section in Google Forms

Do this and a new section will show up below the current one. You can give this section a name and a subheader and add as many questions as you like.

A form section in Google Forms

You can drag questions between sections, if necessary, meaning you can add new sections as you go. This means you can write your questions first and worry about sorting things into sections later, if that's less stressful to you.

Those who fill out the form will see sections on their own page, like this:

Google Forms section

By default, people will see every section of the form, in order, each time they click Next. But you can change that too.

How to Use Form Logic in Google Forms

If you want certain people to see certain sections of your form, you can. The simplest way is by creating a multiple choice question, then setting rules for the answers.

Click the three dots at the bottom-right of a multiple choice question, then click Go to section based on answer.

Google Forms logic: Go to section based on answer

You'll see a drop-down menu to the right of each answer.

Google Forms logic: multiple choice question

Decide which section of the form each answer should point to.

Google Forms logic: Go to section

We have a problem, however: By default, Forms directs users to the next section, which in our case would mean seeing irrelevant questions.

This brings us to the second way you can set up logic in your Google Form. At the bottom of each section, there is a drop-down menu.

Google Forms logic: after section drop down

Click this and you can decide what happens after users complete the section.

Google Forms logic: after section drop down choices

Change the default, directing users to a relevant section or allowing them to submit the form.

We've set up a simple example here, but what does it looks like to users filling out the Form? Well, first the survey taker is asked whether they're a cat or a dog person.

Google Forms example

Depending on which answer is chosen, they will see follow up questions specifically intended for people who answered that way.

Google Forms logic: submit button

Finally, the user can submit their response, instead of continuing to the third section. Makes sense, right? This was a simple example, but it demonstrates all the tools necessary to design complex forms that avoid ever appearing long or asking irrelevant questions.

Want to learn more? Check out our complete guide to Google Forms for more tips like this!

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Justin Pot

Justin Pot is a staff writer at Zapier based in Hillsboro, Oregon. He loves technology, people, and nature, not necessarily in that order. You can follow Justin: @jhpot. You don't have to. But you can.

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