Text Only

Text Only allows you to add a screen or slide with only text (and a media file) in your questionnaire. It will add interaction and personality to your questionnaire because instead of only asking for information, Text Only is an opportunity to give information as well. It helps to create a dialogue and make your questionnaire feel interactive. 

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Text Only screen is used to give information to respondents and encourage them to participate - for example, what the goal of the survey is, or extra information about and answer to a question. We'll discuss the following:

  1. Add a Text Only question
  2. Change the general question settings 
  3. Add your message
  4. When to use Text Only question

1 Add a Text Only question

In the Questions tab, click the button ? Questions. Select Text Only from the list of question types. Click +.

add text only

Great! Now you've now added a Text Only question to your questionnaire. Next, let's see how to change the general question settings and write your message and add interesting media.

Text only - change general settings

2 Change the general question settings

Text only settings

  1. Hide/show the question settings.
  2. Change the question order.
  3. Change question type.
  4. Make the question active/inactive.
  5. Lock/unlock the question to be edited by other team members.
  6. Copy, Delete, or Preview that particular question.

3 Add your message

Here is where you can create an interesting screen to break up your questionnaire. Don't make it boring with only text - you can add images, gifs, or videos to explain your point!

Text only - write message

  1. Write your message here. Want to make your text bold, italics, or a fun color? Add a video or emoji? Learn about all of the rich text editor icons.
  2. Click Add media or Add YouTube video to upload images or videos to make your questionnaire more entertaining. The file needs to be under 2MB. To add a YouTube video, paste a YouTube link after you've clicked the Add YouTube video button.
  3. Add a question tag - turn this feature to add a tag to your question that you can reference in your survey or PDF.

4 Ideas when to use a Text Only Question

4.1 Giving extra information about the subject

Give extra information about a question, about the answer they indicated in the last question (use question logic), or about the general subject of the questionnaire.

text only question type example

4.2 Showing whether or not the quiz question was answered correctly

You can make one screen for when the respondent selected the right answer and one in case he/she selected the wrong answer. By using question logic you can show the appropriate screen after the quiz question. This way the respondent doesn't have to wait until he/she completes the quiz to see the correct answers and explanations. (Be sure to remove the previous button to make sure respondents don't change their answers. You can deselect this feature in the Design tab.)

text only question type example

4.3 Dividing your questionnaire into several subjects or chapters

When your questionnaire contains multiple subjects or chapters you can use a Text Only screen to announce a new chapter/subject.

text only question type example

4.4 Creating a conversation in your questionnaire

Via question logic and piping you can use the answers the respondent already gave immediately in your next questions or screens. This way you can hold a conversation with your respondent. When a respondent already gave you some personal details, introduce yourself as well. Address the respondent by name and add some Text Only screens to tell something about yourself, the company, or the research.

text only question type example

You have a whole lot of ideas about when to use a Text Only question. Let's see how to add one now.

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