The forms feature is a very interesting and exciting addition to the Google Docs stable. It is basically a data collection tool which works in conjunction with Spreadsheet (See Chapter 5). You create a Google Form that comes with a URL (web address). Users access the form, answer the questions you have written, and the results are automatically collated in a spreadsheet. Alternatively, you can create a custom spreadsheet, then create the form from the spreadsheet, where the results will be collated. For anyone who has ever tried to collect data either from an online survey, or from a distributed group of people, you will recognize the usefulness of this application. There are a number of other online tools for achieving this same end such as Survey Monkey. Some of these are free and some require subscription for a service, but Google Forms is free as part of Google Docs, and integrates very nicely with Spreadsheet. The forms feature also comes with some basic built-in reporting. However, you also get the power of having your results directly inputted into a spreadsheet so you can perform advanced mathematical functions on your data easily.
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