Getting the Answers You Need With Microsoft Forms

Microsoft Forms is often overlooked as a data collection tool, compared to Survey Monkey or Google Forms, but as part of Microsoft 365, it’s readily available and packed with features.

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Getting the Answers You Need With Microsoft Forms

Getting the Answers You Need With Microsoft Forms

Every business wishes they could read the minds of their customers – wouldn’t that just solve everything? You’d never wonder about your next product, service, or strategic goals. Your business would never struggle to be profitable and always deliver just what your customers need when they need it. Your overhead would be minimal because you would essentially have a picture of the immediate future.

Since that’s pretty much impossible, businesses turn to the next best thing – simply asking questions. The easiest way is using a survey or form-building tool, and the great benefit of these tools is the flexibility of use. Forms can collect information from customers, but they serve so many other purposes, too. Any time you need to know information, you can ask the question in digital format to collect a response or multiple responses.

What Can Microsoft Forms Do for You?

Microsoft Forms is often overlooked as a data collection tool, compared to Survey Monkey or Google Forms, but as part of Microsoft 365, it’s readily available and packed with features.

Microsoft Forms is an underutilized asset within the Microsoft 365 productivity suite that’s easy to use – both for building Forms and for respondents. Another popular feature is the built-in ability to have the information presented in a meaningful way.

More than a survey creator, Microsoft Forms is packed with features, including:

  • Create Forms quickly and easily
  • Collect responses in real-time
  • Export data easily
  • Present data using automatic charts

Collecting data is easy with Microsoft Forms, but perhaps an even greater value is the ability to analyze the data to support your strategic objectives.

How Can You Start Using Microsoft Forms?

As easy as it is to begin using Microsoft 365 apps, even new users of Microsoft Forms will find the easy-to-follow widget that takes users through a step-by-step process to create Forms and get accurate results.

To start, visit the Microsoft Forms homepage and log in or create a free Microsoft account. Everything you need will be on the Microsoft Forms dashboard – no need to download or install anything onto your computer. Once you’re logged in, just a few quick clicks and you’ll be on your way:

Create a Form

In your Microsoft Forms dashboard, your My Forms section will already be loaded. You’ll click on the (+) plus sign to create your first new Form, and the user widget will prompt you to name your Form and to add a description.

Choose your Form questions

After adding your Form name and description, click on “+ Add New” and begin adding questions to your Form. Microsoft Forms gives you plenty of options for question styles, including:

  • Multiple choice
  • Text
  • Rating
  • Many more options

Preview and test your Form

Preview your Form to review what you’ve entered thus far and be confident your Form is ready. You can also Preview how your Form will look for mobile users at this point. You can also test your Form in Preview to log test responses and view how responses will report. Editing your Form from here is simple by clicking “Back” and making your changes. When you are finished with your Form, click “Send” for the menu of options to share your Form.

Collect real-time information and support your strategic goals with Microsoft Forms!