Creating an online survey is a great way of learning about public opinion and mood. Online survey websites administer all the technical running of a questionnaire or survey so you can concentrate on writing the questions. To convert a Word document to be completed online, you will need to find an online survey site that offers the import abilities from Microsoft Word. Zoomerang and Instant Survey offer this, but it is possible to use your Word questionnaire for all survey sites.
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Open up Microsoft Word and create a new document.
Decide the questions you need to ask in your questionnaire.
Type the questions up throughout the Word document, starting a new paragraph for each question. You do not need to worry about formatting as online survey sites will manage this for you.
Save the Word document to your preferred destination folder on your hard drive.
Close Microsoft Word.
Open your preferred web browser and go to the Zoomerang website (see Resources).
Sign up for a "Free" or "Pro" account. Free account holders are limited to importing five questions from a Word document. "Pro" users can import up to 15 and "Premium" users can import up to 200 questions from a Word document.
Enter your e-mail address and choose a password when prompted.
Click the "Create Survey" tab at the top of the website.
Click "Import a survey from text" under the "Create a survey from scratch" section.
Title your survey.
Open your Word questionnaire in Microsoft Word. Hold Ctrl and press A to select all text, then hold Ctrl and press C to copy the text to the clipboard.
Switch back to Zoomerang, then click in the "Paste Survey Text" box. Hold Ctrl and press V on your keyboard to paste the questions. Click "Import."
Check the questions in Zoomerang; you can click "Edit" at any point if changes need to be made. Click "Next" to complete your survey.
Click "Home" to go back to the member's area on Zoomerang.
Find your survey and click "Send." Then click "Launch Survey." You will be given a link; pass this link on you the questionnaire recipients. You have now imported a Word document to be used as an online survey.
Go to the Instant Survey website (see Resources).
Click "Sign up" for either a "Basic" or a "Pro" account, clicking "Learn more" to discover the full benefits of a pro account.
Enter your details then click "Sign Up."
Log in and click your language.
Click "Create" and then "New."
Title your survey and choose a design. Click "Next."
Click "Yes, I want to start my questionnaire content with Quick Question Import."
Open your Word questionnaire in Microsoft Word. Hold Ctrl and press A to select all text, then hold Ctrl and press C to copy the text to the clipboard. Instant Survey suggests that if you have multiple choice questions in your Word document that you place an asterisk in front of each choice.
Switch back to Instant Survey. Click the box, hold Ctrl and press V to paste. Click "Next."
Click "Distribute Now" then choose your preferred distribution method. You have now converted your Word document to an online questionnaire.
Find a survey site provider and sign up using the relevant web page.
Set-up a new survey that you want to send out.
Open the Microsoft Word questionnaire that you want import.
Highlight the first question, click "Edit" then "Copy." Switch back to the new survey window and paste this as the first question. Click "Next" or "Add Question." Repeat for all questions.
Find the "Publish" option online, and publish your questionnaire to the web.
Tips and warnings
- If you want to use a questionnaire online, you should use the online creation tools provided by survey site providers. These tools are specifically designed for setting up a variety of questions, and importing from a Word document or any other text file can be too time-consuming.
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