Google forms are a very popular (and free) way of collecting or polling information, whether its just a survey between friends or for more official purposes. Over the last few months, Google has been prepping up their popular product with some handy features such as the one where you can add new themes to your surveys or create personalized ones. Now Google has introduced new Add Ons that bring extra functionality to creating Google surveys. Let’s take a look at what’s on offer in the Google Add On Store and how you can go about adding one to your form.
Google Form Add Ons
Google Form Add Ons are basically extensions created by developer partners that bring added functionality to forms. You can access them from the Forms add-on store or by choosing the option from the Add ons menu within the form you are working on. At the time of writing this post, the Store has 12 free Google Add Ons. Here’s a quick look at each of them.
Form Notifications: This add-on allows you to set up email notifications using form submit triggers.
Form Publisher: This useful add-on is capable of generating Google Docs from a template using the Form responses.
Ultradox Trigger: This add-on lets you take advantage of the cloud functionality to trigger your workflows whenever a user submits a form.
Form Values: This is a great add-on to use when you don’t want to keep typing repeated information manually. You can store and reuse selections for multiple choice, list, and text box questions.
g(Math) for Forms: If you want to create graphs, statistical data, or write math equations directly in your form, this add-on will come in handy.
formLimiter: This add-on shuts off a Google form when a certain criteria is accomplished such as when a maximum number of responses have reached or at a specific date and time.
Formfuse: This add-on reads the structure of a form and converts it into a Google App Script web app.
formRanger: This one lets you populate multiple choice, list, and text box questions and more from columns in any sheet.
docAppender: You can append Google form question responses to the bottom of Google documents.
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bkper: Use this form to record financial information in the bkper ledgers.
Smartsheet+forms: Lets you send Google Form responses directly to Smartsheet.
Choice eliminator: Lets you eliminate an option from a multiple choice list or checkbox question after a user has submitted it.
How to Use Google Form Add Ons
1. Sign into Google Forms and click Create new form.
2. On the menu bar, click Add-ons-> Get add-ons.
3. In the Add On Store, hover over the Add On you want to add, and click Free.
4. Accept the request for permission to be granted and you’re all set to use the Add On.
There will of course be more add Ons coming in as time goes by. The current crop of handy Google Form Add Ons are free to use by one expects paid Add Ons to start cropping up in the future. If you are a developer, you can pick up the documentation to get started with your own Add Ons on Google’s blog.
The creation of the Google Add On Store gives users a much needed boost to make their productivity application even more powerful. If you often use Google Forms to create surveys, be sure to take advantage of what the Google Add On Store has to offer.
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