Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
B R A N C H I N G L O G I C
Survey questions are laid out in a linear pattern. Question 2 follows question 1, and so on. But
with branching logic, you can cause questions to stop going in order temporarily, skipping to a
different question in the list based on the answer given.
1. For this example, to enable branching logic if the answer is No to the first question, select
that question in the Questions section of the Survey Settings page. My example uses “Are
surveys useful? If yes, check the box below.”
On the Edit Question page, scroll to the bottom, to the Branching Logic section (see
Figure 7.21). There are two possible choices for which to apply the branching logic: Yes and
No. For each choice in this case there are several options listed: No Branching, which jumps
to any of the subsequent questions in the survey, or Content Type (see the “An Extra Option”
sidebar). In this scenario, if the answer to the first question is No, then the user should be
directed to the next question (the explanation). However, if the answer to the first question is
Yes, the user should skip the second question and go directly to the last one.
2. To do this, branch the Yes answer by selecting the last question in the Jump To field so
you can skip over the “If no, please explain” question. For the No answer, you can either
not branch, which would cause it to simply go to the next question, or specify that it go to
the explanation question directly.
3. Once you’ve set your branching logic, click OK to finish editing the question. Back on the
list settings page for the survey, there should be a check mark in the Branching Logic
column next to the first question.
AN EXTRA OPTION
You’ll see that there is an option for a content type in the Possible Choices drop-down list, and
you’ll see later that it shows up at the bottom of the Graphical Summary view of the survey results
as well. But because content types cannot even be on this list, there is no reason for that option to
appear in the possible choices for branching or in the graphical summary.
U S I N G A S U R V E Y
To see how surveys and branching logic work, let’s create a Survey list item; that is, you’ll
respond to the survey.
1. Go to the Survey list (SimpleSurvey in my example) by either clicking its link in the
breadcrumb above the page title or clicking the survey’s link in the Quick Launch bar.
Notice that there is a new Surveys heading in the Quick Launch bar now that a survey
has been built.