You send out a survey to get answers. Presenting answer choices so that respondents can provide actionable information is a crucial step when creating your survey. In this tutorial you will learn about the settings available for individual answer choices and how to adjust answer choice presentation.
Answer choice options can be accessed by clicking on any answer choice, statement, or scale point. When you do this you will see a blue button appear to the right of the choice. Clicking on this button will open up the Choice Options menu menu.
To edit an answer choice, simply click on it and begin typing. When you are done, click off the text and your changes will be saved.
In the Choice Options menu menu you will see three advanced editing options for your choice text.
A text box can be added to any answer choice to provide respondents an opportunity to clarify their answer.
In this survey, a text box was added to the “other” choice so participants could share a reason not included on the list.
If you’d like, you can also force those who choose this answer to fill in the text box, or you can restrict what is considered a valid text response. This is done by selecting Text Entry Validation in the Choice Options menu menu.
Not every choice needs to be seen by every respondent. The Add Display Logic option in the Choice Options menu allows you to set what conditions must be met for a choice to be displayed. For more information, see our Setting Display Logic On Answer Choices tutorial.
For questions where multiple answers can be selected, the Make Answer Exclusive option can be used to ensure that a specific answer cannot be selected in conjunction with other answers. A classic use for this is with a “None of the Above” choice. If this is selected, other choices should automatically be deselected.
In this survey, if “None of the Above” is selected, all other choices will become deselected.
The Make Answer Exclusive option for any choice is found in the Choice Options menu. Note that this option is not available on single-selection questions. You will know this option is turned on for a choice if a circle with an “x” appears to the left of your choice.
The Exclude From Analysis option omits a choice from your reporting so that its value does not affect your mean or other statistics. This is useful when a choice such as Not Applicable are added to the end of a scaled question.
In this question, “I did not make a purchase” is excluded from analysis to ensure it does not skew the satisfaction score calculated in reports.
To exclude a choice from analysis, select Exclude From Analysis in the Choice Options menu. A red “x” next to a choice indicates that this option is turned on. Qualtrics will turn this option on automatically for some answer choices such as “n/a”.
If you are using a Multiple Choice question, you have the ability to sort your choices into groups. This is useful when the list of choices can be split into multiple categories so that respondents can find choices more easily. Choice groups also allow for different settings to be applied to each group.
Select which option you would like to change. The available options are:
There are three options available for adjusting the positions of your choices within a question.