Choose a form response destination

After you’ve sent out your form, Google Forms will begin collecting the responses you receive. You'll be asked to choose how you’d like to store these responses. (Note: You can make this choice at any time while editing your form by clicking the Choose response destination button in the toolbar.)

You can choose either to send responses to a spreadsheet, or you can store them only in Forms. If you choose to store them in a spreadsheet, you’ll be able to see individual responses as they come in. If you choose to store them in Forms, you’ll be able to see a summary of all the responses you’ve received, and you’ll also be able to download the responses as a CSV file.

Store responses in a spreadsheet

You can store responses to your form in a new or existing spreadsheet.

  1. Open your form.
  2. Click Choose response destination in the toolbar.
  3. To see your responses in a new spreadsheet, select the bubble next to "New spreadsheet" and name the spreadsheet whatever you want. To see your responses in an existing spreadsheet, select the bubble next to "New sheet in an existing spreadsheet" and choose from one of your spreadsheets.
  4. Click Create.

Once you’ve chosen to store form responses in a spreadsheet, the Choose response destination button in the toolbar will turn into a View responses button. Click this to see your spreadsheet. You can also find the spreadsheet in your Drive.

If you’d like all of your forms to collect responses in a new spreadsheet in the future, make sure the checkbox next to “Always create a new spreadsheet” is selected.

Responses from multiple forms can be stored in the same spreadsheet unless you are using the old version of Google Sheets, which only collects responses from one form at a time.

Note that responses sent to a spreadsheet are essentially a copy of your responses and are only sent one way — form to spreadsheet, not spreadsheet to form. In other words, if you modify a response in your spreadsheet, you’re not changing the original response, which will show up in summary view or the CSV download.

Keep responses only in Forms

If you don’t want responses to go to a spreadsheet, click the Keep responses only in Forms button. Then, to access the responses you’ve collected, click the File menu, select Download as, and click Comma Separated Values.

Keeping responses in Forms is a good way to go if you expect your form to receive heavy traffic or a significant number of responses, as spreadsheets will hold only the first 400,000 cells of response values. Your form's summary view, as well as the results you download as a CSV, will always reflect all of the form responses that are submitted, even beyond these limits.

Change your response destination

If you’ve chosen a spreadsheet in which to store your form responses, you can change this destination at any time by clicking on the Responses menu in Forms and selecting Change response destination. You’ll be taken back to the “Change response destination” dialog, where you can create a new spreadsheet or send responses to another existing spreadsheet.

Unlink a response spreadsheet

You can also choose to unlink your form from a spreadsheet at any given time by clicking on the Responses menu in Forms and selecting Unlink form. The spreadsheet will no longer receive new responses, but responses will continue to be stored in Forms, available as a real-time summary or as a CSV file. You can choose to re-link your form to a spreadsheet at any time with no responses lost or deleted.