Wednesday, 1 January 2014

The pure awesomeness of Google Forms

As a Google Apps reseller it never fails to surprise me how many people love Forms. I swear, I could nearly sell Google Apps to people just based on Forms. If you've never used it, here is a quick run down of what it can do for you:

  • create a web form very quickly and easily, choosing from a range of different responses including:
    • time (duration and date)
    • multiple choice
    • checkboxes
  • create separate pages based on responses
  • autofill a Google Spreadsheet
  • automatically create a summary of responses with a range of different graphs and information instantly
  • embed it into websites
  • email notifications of changes and updates
  • make you more popular with friends (OK maybe not this one!)

Some examples of how I use Google Forms:
  • PC Audit
    • capture make / model, RAM, CPU etc
  • Job Audit
    • bookings for jobs
    • completion of job information
  • Incident responses
Seriously they are awesome and if you're trying to do any type of statistics about stuff, they are a terrific place to start. Make sure though that your questions are good and that you choose the right type of responses to get the right Summary of Responses. It's cool though - you can change it even with live data in the spreadsheet. I have taught a friend how to work Google Forms in under 15 minutes - it is that straightforward. Enjoy!

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