#Office365Challenge – Need to get feedback quickly? Want to save time on gathering the information and reporting? Well then SharePoint has just the thing for you. It’s called surveys – and they’re super easy to build. In this post we’ll do just that.

Day: 26 of 365, 339 left
Tools: SharePoint
Description: How to build a survey in SharePoint

Surveys are part of the OTB Apps that SharePoint offer and can be built in a matter of minutes. As with all things in life – you should spend most of the time on the planning and very little on the build itself.

So let’s get started.

Settings wheel > Site contents > Add an app (I always go to Site Contents first – as I want to check the grocery cupboard first – before going out and buying groceries)

Search for Survey and click to add. Remember to use an acronym for the name, and rename it later. Also keep in mind that you might build a similar survey again – so keep your naming unique, I always add the survey date to the name. For example: Employee Satisfaction Survey 26 March 2016 = ESS26032016. Once the survey is created, click on the icon in Site Contents to open the App.

Go to Settings > Survey Settings > List name, description and navigation: Change your survey name here.


Don’t worry too much about the settings for now, in tomorrow’s post, I’ll cover all the settings, and when to use / change what.

We’re ready to start adding the questions now, on the Settings page, scroll to the bottom and click on “Add a question”

See the image below with notes on the columns (questions) available and when to use which column. Add your first question and click on “Next Question” to proceed to the next question. When you’ve added all your questions, click on Finish at the end of the question.

And that’s exactly how easy it is!! Go back to the main page for the survey and share this URL with your users. On day 28 I’ll share some tips with you regarding the sharing of your survey as well as the reporting.

See you tomorrow when I’ll cover all the various settings on surveys.

Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the next 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.

Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but to the overall Microsoft Office Suite as well as where applicable, SharePoint.