Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Our Favorite Add-Ons: Choice Eliminator for Google Forms

 Hello, again. Today I want to spend just a few minutes telling you about one of my new favorite Google Drive Add-Ons: Choice Eliminator for Google Forms, a neat add-on from the folks over at Ed Listen. I'll give you a pretty basic how-to on using it, but for an even better tutorial, check out this video from Google Apps Certified Administrator and Google Education Trainer, +Brian Gray
Step 1 - Create Your Form
If you're ready to use Choice Eliminator, then I'd like to think that you already know how to create a form. If not, take a minute and check out my tutorial on how to make a parent sign-in form for open house. 

Got it? Okay, so next...

Step 2 - Add Your Question
Add a multiple choice question. Go ahead and fill in all the slots (answers) now.

I suggest putting a warning about disappearing answer choices in the Help Text.

Step 3 - Install and Start Up Choice Eliminator
If you haven't already added Choice Eliminator to Forms, you can do that right now. Just click "Add-ons" and then "Get Add-ons..." Once you've got it installed, click "Choice Eliminator" and "Start."

From there, choose the question for which you want to eliminate choices. Check the box for "Eliminate Choices" and then click "Choice Options."

Step 4 - Set Numbers
Next, you set your numbers you want for each choice. Note that if you save and then do it again, everything goes back to one. I don't know what the maximum is, but for choices that I don't want to go away, I just set it to 99.

And that's it. You can go check out your form. To test it, I like to make one fake answer and set it to a limit of one. Go fill out your form yourself and choose that choice, then do it again. This time, the choice still shows up until you click it. When you do, a box appears around the choices in a different color with that choice no longer available. 

So far, I've used this to schedule book talks for my dual credit history students, and it's worked just about perfectly. The only issue I've found is when a student chooses the wrong choice, there is no way for you to go back and fix it without resetting all the numbers. Otherwise, this is a pretty awesome tool. It's definitely much more user-friendly that Google Calendar's appointment slots and can also be used with a regular Google account (appointment slots is only available on Edu and Enterprise accounts).

Thanks for reading. Please leave a comment if you have any questions, or hit me up on Twitter @TechChandler.


  1. Thanks for the screen shots and video! I was wondering if you could tell me how to reset your answer choices so that ALL of the options are showing again (without retyping them!) so that I can use the form again?

    1. Hey, thanks for commenting. I've been bad about updating, especially this summer. As to your question, I wasn't sure, so I tried it out and yes you can do it.

      Load up the form in Drive. Then click "Add-ons... > Choice Eliminator." Choose the question and click "Choice Options." Then click "Reset." It will keep all of the choices, but reset the number available on each one to 1. Then you just have to put in the numbers as you like them.

      Thanks for reading! Please feel free to send any more questions my way.

    2. Is there a way to automatically reset this every night or weekly?

    3. Is there a way to automatically reset this every night or weekly?

    4. No, there is no way to automatically do it as far as I can tell. In the comment above yours, I described how to do it manually, but I can't see a way to automate it.

  2. Do you know how to insert checkboxes in multiple choice grid?

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