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How to use the multiple choice block

Learn everything you need to know to use the multiple choice block in your forms.


When to use

Use the multiple choice block to let your respondents select one or multiple items from a set of button choices you give them.

Demonstration of two multiple choice blocks.

How to use

Add a new block to your form and then select the question type Multiple choice. You can now customize this block to your needs with the following features.

Basic features

Each question block has basic features to present the block the way you need, for example Name, Description and Help text. And most of the question blocks have common options, like the Required and Exportability options.

More information about these basic features can be found in the help article about our form builder.

Additional features

On top of those basic features, the multiple choice block has the following advanced options:

  • Multiple select

    By default the multiple choice block behaves a single selection, so respondents can only select one option from the list of choices.

    By enabling the Multiple select feature, you can choose how the block must behave. Enable Allow the selection of multiple answers to let respondents select one or more option(s). Disable this option to restrict the selection to only one answer.

  • Alignment

    By default the choices are shown as buttons underneath each other.

    By enabling the Alignment feature, you can choose how the buttons must align to each other:

    • Click Vertically (top-down) to let the buttons align under each other;
    • Click Horizontally (left-right) to let the buttons align next to each other. If the buttons don't fit next to each other, they will show over multiple lines.
Advanced settings of the multiple choice block.

Choices

For the multiple choice block you can enter the list of choices you want to show to your respondents. You can just add the desired amount of choices and enter the names.

Tip

You can quickly supply the choice names by double clicking each choice row. You can then start typing right away, instead of opening each choice separately.

From the list of choices you can open each choice to get to the features of that single choice. Over there you can use these advanced options:

  • Label

    This is the main label of the choice.

  • Description

    A choice always has a label in it (the name of the choice), but by enabling the Description feature, you can extend that label with a description for example to show an extra explanation. This description is shown inside the button below the label.

  • URL

    You can even turn a choice into a real button that opens a URL. By enabling the URL feature, you can enter a URL that will be opened in a new tab/window when a respondent clicks the option.

    Important notice: a choice that opens a URL can NOT be selected as an answer by your respondents.

  • Moniker

    The moniker is a feature you can use when you're implementing a repeated follow-up for multiple selected options. Inside the block(s) of the repeated follow-up, you can use the label of the selected choice, so you can clarify which selected choice the follow-up question is about. This is part of piping logic, as described in this article.

    But sometimes the label you used in the button isn't usable in the context of your follow-up. A simple example of such a scenario is when you entered the label in the button with a capital first letter, but you want to mention the label in the middle of a sentence in the follow-up (without a capital letter). By enabling the Moniker feature, you can enter a deviant label to use in the follow-up.

  • Identifier

    By enabling the Identifier feature you can set an identifier for that choice to use in the dataset (more information on identifiers over here).

  • Exclusivity

    By enabling the Exclusivity feature you can make that choice exclusive, so if a respondent selects that choice, all other choices will be unselected, making the selected choice exclusive. This feature is only available if your question allows the selection of multiple answers.

Advanced options of the choices inside the multiple choice block.

Branch conditions

The multiple choice block can work with the following branch conditions:

Basic conditions

  • Match one of the options;
  • No choice made.

Evaluate conditions

  • When value matches your filter;
  • When value does not match your filter;
  • When value contains your filter;
  • When value does not contain your filter;
  • When value is specified;
  • When value is not specified;
  • Per option: When value is true;
  • Per option: When value is false;
  • Per option: When value is specified;
  • Per option: When value is not specified.

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