How to View Google Forms Responses- Complete Tutorial

Unlock the full potential of your Google Forms by learning how to view, analyze, and manage responses with our comprehensive guide.


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Learn how to view and analyze responses in Google Forms, an essential skill for extracting valuable insights from surveys and questionnaires efficiently. However, the real challenge lies in efficiently accessing, reviewing, and utilizing the gathered responses. In this comprehensive guide, we will provide you with a step-by-step approach to streamline the entire process, empowering you to make the most of your form data.

Understanding Response Retrieval

When it comes to accessing and reviewing responses, there are various methods and tools at your disposal. Let's explore the different approaches, including Google Forms' response features and the use of Google Sheets, to ensure a comprehensive response analysis.

Method 1: Google Forms Response Features

Google Forms offers a user-friendly interface with robust features designed to facilitate response analysis. To view responses in Google Forms, follow these steps:

The "Summary" Tab

Within the Responses section, you'll find the "Summary" tab, which provides an overview of all the responses. Visual representations such as graphs and pie charts make it easier to comprehend and analyze the data. This tab allows you to identify trends, patterns, and overall sentiment among respondents. By observing the summary, you can quickly gain insights into the collective responses.

Summary Of Google Form Responses
View Responses in Google Forms

The "Question" Tab

For a more detailed examination, the "Question" tab is invaluable. Here, you can explore individual responses to specific questions, allowing you to dive deeper into the data. This feature is particularly useful when analyzing overlapping availabilities or reviewing responses from specific sections of your form. By focusing on individual questions, you can understand the nuances of the respondents' answers and gain a more comprehensive understanding of their perspectives.

Question wise responses in Google Forms
Question Tab in Google Forms

The "Individual" Tab

When it comes to quizzes, surveys, or intake forms, analyzing individual answers is crucial. The "Individual" tab enables you to zoom in on each response, facilitating a comprehensive assessment of the data. This granular view empowers you to understand respondents' perspectives on a more personal level. By examining individual responses, you can identify unique insights, outliers, and specific preferences that might not be apparent in the summary or question views.

Individual responses in Google Forms
Individual tab in Google Forms

Ensuring Response Identification

Maintaining clarity and organization is essential when dealing with form responses. Ensure clear response identification by enabling the automatic collection of email addresses or adding a name field, accessible through the form’s settings. By adding these identifiers, you can easily associate responses with their respective respondents. To enable email collection, navigate to the Settings tab, select the Responses dropdown menu, and toggle the option to collect email addresses. By identifying respondents, you can perform segmented analysis, track individual progress, and follow up with specific individuals if needed.

Method 2: Responses Spreadsheet

In addition to Google Forms' response features, you can store and manage responses in a dedicated spreadsheet, often referred to as the responses spreadsheet. Follow these detailed steps to set up and utilize a Google Sheets spreadsheet for storing and analyzing Google Forms responses:

Creating a Responses Spreadsheet

Google Forms does not automatically create and link a responses spreadsheet for you. To create one manually, follow these steps:

  1. Access the Responses Tab: Open your Google Form and navigate to the Responses tab.
Response Spreadsheet in Google Forms

2. Create a New Spreadsheet: Click on the green spreadsheet icon located in the Responses tab. This action will prompt a pop-up window.

3. Choose New or Existing Spreadsheet: In the pop-up window, you have two options. You can either create a new spreadsheet or select an existing one. If you select an existing spreadsheet, a new tab will be created within it to store the responses from this form. This allows you to consolidate data from multiple forms in a single spreadsheet.

4. Creating a New Spreadsheet: If you opt to create a new spreadsheet, select the "Create a new spreadsheet" option and click the Create button. A new window will open, displaying your newly created responses spreadsheet.

Creating Response sheet in Google Forms
Creating a New Spreadsheet in Google Forms

Understanding the Responses Spreadsheet

The responses spreadsheet is organized in a tabular format, with each row representing a respondent and each column representing a question from your Google Form. Here are some key points to note:

Response sheet excel file in Google Sheets
  1. Timestamp Column: The first column in the responses spreadsheet is typically labeled "Timestamp" and captures the date and time when each respondent submitted the form. It helps you track the chronological order of responses.
  2. Question Headers: The first row of the spreadsheet contains the headers for each question in your form, appearing in the same order as they were in your Google Form. These headers make it easy to identify the questions and analyze the responses.
  3. Respondent Answers: The subsequent rows in the spreadsheet display the responses provided by each respondent. Each cell corresponds to a specific question and contains the respective respondent's answer.

Leveraging the Responses Spreadsheet

The responses spreadsheet offers several advantages for analyzing and comparing respondent answers:

  1. Comparing Responses: You can easily compare and analyze differences in respondents' answers by referring to the question headers and corresponding cells in the spreadsheet. This enables you to gain insights into patterns, trends, and variations in the collected data.
  2. Multiple Forms in a Single Spreadsheet: If you have multiple forms, you can link them to the same spreadsheet by creating separate tabs within the spreadsheet. This allows you to consolidate and organize data from various forms in a centralized location.

By utilizing the responses spreadsheet, you can efficiently manage and analyze form data, track response timelines, and perform in-depth comparisons of respondent answers.

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FAQ: Google Forms Responses

1. How can I export Google Forms responses to Excel?
Answer: Navigate to the Responses tab in your Google Form, click on the green spreadsheet icon, and choose to create a new spreadsheet or link to an existing one. Once the responses are in Google Sheets, you can download them as an Excel file by going to File > Download > Microsoft Excel (.xlsx).

2. What is the best way to handle large numbers of responses in Google Forms?
Answer: Use the Google Sheets integration to manage large datasets. Utilize filters and pivot tables in Sheets to analyze and organize the responses more efficiently.

3. Can I customize the notification settings for new responses?
Answer: Yes, within the Google Forms Responses tab, click on the three dots to access the 'More' options, select 'Get email notifications for new responses' to customize your notification preferences.

4. How do I ensure data privacy when collecting responses?
Answer: Always enable the option to collect email addresses under form settings to authenticate respondents. Limit sharing settings on Google Forms and Sheets to those who need access, and consider anonymizing sensitive data.

5. How can I analyze open-ended responses more effectively?
Answer: Use Google Sheets’ built-in features like word clouds, text analysis, and filtering to categorize and analyze open-ended responses. Third-party add-ons for detailed text analysis can also be helpful.

6. Is it possible to stop collecting responses after reaching a certain number?
Answer: Google Forms doesn’t automatically limit responses, but you can manually close the form by unchecking the 'Accepting responses' box in the Responses tab when your desired response count is reached.


Effectively accessing, reviewing, and utilizing form data is crucial for gaining valuable insights and making informed decisions. This comprehensive guide has provided a step-by-step approach to streamline the entire process, ensuring that you can make the most of your survey responses.

Maximize the impact of your data collection by mastering how to view and analyze Google Forms responses effectively. By implementing the strategies and utilizing tools discussed in this guide, you can revolutionize the way you analyze form data and fuel your business growth. Unlock the full potential of your survey data now—try BoloForms Reports and Analytics for comprehensive insights and improved decision-making!


Paresh Deshmukh

Co-Founder, BoloForms

28 Jul, 2023

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