Wednesday, March 16, 2016

9 Awesome Add-ons for Google Forms

Google Forms is already a very powerful, full-featured program that allows you to create forms, surveys, polls, quizzes, and more. However even with all its options, there may still be some features missing from the Forms that you would like.

Thankfully Google allows third-party people to create Add-Ons that can be easily installed, which add new features and tools to Google Forms.

In this post we will take a look at 9 of my favorite Add-ons for Google Forms, as well as how to install them.

See below for all of my resources on the topic including a detailed 1-hour video training where I demonstrate all nine of the Add-ons, as well as a slideshow, directions, and overview of the Add-ons.

Video Training (1 hour)

Session Slideshow



How to install an Add-on

When you are using Google Forms you can find and install new Add-ons as follows:

  • Click the “More” button (three vertical dots) in the top right corner
  • Choose “Add-ons” from the drop-down menu
  • This will open the Add-ons window.
  • You can scroll through the available Add-ons, or narrow down the choices with the filter menu, or type in a search term.
  • If you find an Add-on that looks interesting, you can click on it to get more details.
  • In the pop-up window you can read more about the Add-on, see images and/or videos, and see reviews and ratings.
  • If you decide to install an Add-on, click the blue +FREE button.
  • You will then get a pop-up window explaining what privileges the Add-on needs, and asking for your permission to install it.
  • Click the blue Accept button to allow the Add-on to install.

How to use installed Add-ons

Once you have installed an Add-on, it will show up in the drop-down menu when you click the puzzle piece icon in the top menu bar. To use an Add-on:

  • Click the Add-ons icon (puzzle piece) menu
  • Click on the Add-on you want to use in the drop-down menu
  • A side menu will pop-up and will typically include a menu item to launch the Add-on.

How to remove installed Add-ons

If you decide you no longer need a particular Add-on, you can remove it easily.

  • Click the “More” button (three vertical dots) in the top right corner
  • Choose “Add-ons” from the drop-down menu
  • This will open the Add-ons window.
  • Locate the Add-on you want to remove.
  • Click the Manage button below the Add-on.
  • Click Remove from the drop down menu.
  • The Add-on will now be uninstalled.
  • If desired, you can always reinstall the Add-on again.

Recommended Add-ons for Google Forms

There are many excellent Add-ons for Google Forms, with more being added all the time. Below are 9 of my favorite Add-ons for Forms (with their descriptions from the Add-ons store).

Choice Eliminator 2

Forms Add-on link
Choice Eliminator will eliminate options from a multiple-choice, list, or checkbox type of question. Great for signing up for time slots or having students choose topics without doubling up.

Form Values

Forms Add-on link
Form Values allows you to store and use lists that you use regularly in forms. This could be a list of staff, students, timings, rooms, resources or anything you want.


Forms Add-on link
formLimiter automatically sets Google Forms to stop accepting responses after a maximum number of responses, at a specific date and time, or when a spreadsheet cell contains a specified value. Great for time-bound assignments, event registrations with limited seats, or other first-come, first-served signup scenarios.


Forms Add-on link
Used for checking in and out items, this add-on will create a question set or multiple sets.  One question is for items that are IN and another for items that are OUT.   Questions can be Multiple-Choice, List or Checkboxes.  When someone fills out the form selected items will be moved between the two questions.   This allows a for a very easy check in/out form.


Forms Add-on link
Recycle questions from other Forms in your Drive by selecting them in the Sidebar. Just pick the Form in the popup window and it will populate with the questions from that Form. Select the ones you want to insert and the formRecycler will automatically insert them at the end of the Form.


Forms Add-on link
Create graphs, statistical displays, multiple choice questions, and write complex math directly in your Form. You can also deploy a Form to allow responders to craft responses using g(Math) tools. This is an invaluable tool for any math class or math teacher.


Forms Add-on link
Appends Google Form question responses to the bottom of selected Google Docs. Use a Google Form to select which Doc(s) to append from a list, multiple-choice, or checkbox Form question, pre-populated with Doc titles from a folder in Drive.

Data Director

Forms Add-on link
The Data Director for Forms Add-on has multiple features.  It can send the form response to an alternate spreadsheet.  It can send an email or multiple emails when the Form is submitted.  It can add a guest to your calendar event. Data Director will also create an Edit URL and/or a PreFilled URL, and save those links to the spreadsheet.

Advanced Summary

Forms Add-on link
Advance Summary of responses generates charts and filters based on a Google Form responses. Advanced Summary of Responses takes advantage of Awesome Table to quickly build a summary of your form responses. You can select the items to display, and the summary will automatically update.

If you liked this information, you may also like these other webinars I have done on the topic of Add-ons for Google products and how they can be used in schools:

Do you have favorite Add-ons for Google Forms that are not listed above? Please share your favorites, or how you have used Forms Add-ons, in the comments below.


  1. This is awesome! I am going to tie this into a presentation I am giving at the Indiana Google Summit called "InFORMing Your Practice." Thank you for the hard work putting all of this together!

    1. You are welcome! Best wishes with the presentation!

  2. THanks for this great presentation! Very helpful!

  3. Wanted to let you know that Choice Eliminator 2 has not worked properly since it's release. His most recent 2.0.12 has made the Add-On pretty useless at this point. The user group page is reporting lots of issues to the programmer who does not seem to have any decent answers to resolve.

    1. I saw those error reports as well in the Community. However, for what I demonstrated in the webinar it worked great. I did not go into any advanced features, but the basic features seemed to work well.

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