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Monday, September 29, 2014

Long Awaited Features Added to Google Forms

Whenever I lead a workshop about Google Forms teachers always ask if there is a way to limit response and if there is a way to randomize the order of the questions in the form. Starting today the answer is yes. Google has finally added those options to Google Forms.

Limiting form responses to one per person is now a simple matter of checking the box labeled "only allow response per person." That option appears above the title of your form.

Randomizing the sequence in which questions appear on your Google Forms is now just a matter of clicking the box labeled "shuffle question order." With that box selected each person viewing your form will see the questions in a different sequence.

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These new features are available now to anyone using a Gmail account to access Google Forms. According to Google's official Google Apps Updates blog the new features will be rolled out to Google Apps for Edu and Business users over the next two weeks.

There were some other new, but less significant, features added to Google Forms today. Those features include shortened URLs for sharing Forms, the option to search with the help menu, and limiting "grid style" questions to one response. 

I don't think that the shortened Forms URLs will be terribly useful because the shortened URLs cannot be customized and they are case sensitive just like Goo.gl URLs. I prefer to use Bitly to create custom shortened URLs.