How to Create a Form

Learn how to create a form for your business, organization, or personal use with Microsoft Forms. You can create surveys, quizzes, and polls, and see results as they come in. Collect valuable information from your customers, employees, or students, and gain insights that can help you make informed decisions. You can create a form using a predesigned template or easily build one from scratch. In this tutorial, we’ll create a new form from scratch.

Create a new form

  1. In your web browser, go to Microsoft Forms at and sign in with your Microsoft account.
  2. On the Forms home page, select New Form to create a blank form from scratch.
    New Form button for creating a new form in Microsoft Forms app
  3. Enter a title in the title field. A form title can contain up to 90 characters.
    Title field on new form in Microsoft Forms app
  4. Type a description for the form. A description can contain up to 200 characters.
    Description field for adding a description to a form in Microsoft Forms app
  5. Insert a photo by clicking the Insert Media button on the right.
    Insert media button on a new form in Microsoft Forms app

Add a question

  1. Click the Add new button to add a question.
    Add new question button on new form in Microsoft Forms app
  2. From the menu, select the type of question you want to add, such as multiple-choice, text, or rating. Click the down-arrow on the right to view more question types.
    Add question type menu for adding questions to form
  3. Next, we’ll set up the questions and answers for our form. We’ve selected Rating as our first question type, and we’ll choose stars to measure how strongly a respondent approves or disapproves in their response to our question.
  4. . We’ve entered our first question in the text field.
  5. In the answer options drop-down menus, we’ve selected 5 for the maximum rating, and Star as the rating symbol. Next we’ll add another question to our form by clicking the Insert new button at the bottom left of the box.
    Question options menu
  6. We’ve selected Text as the second question type for our form. This question type allows the respondent to type their answer in a provided text field below the question.

    Tip: Click the lightning bolt icon next to the Add new button to view a list of recommended question suggestions for your form.

    Question types menu in Microsoft Forms

Customize the form

You can customize the look and feel of your form by applying a pre-designed set of styles. To do this, click on the Style button at the top right of the screen and choose a style from one of the available style sets.

Note: Depending on the version of Microsoft Forms you’re using, you might see the term “Theme” used instead of “Style” for customizing the look and feel of your form. In that case, click “Theme” and choose the theme you want for your form.

Style button in Microsoft Forms app for adding different styles to your form

Preview your form

  1. With a new style applied to our form, we’ll preview our form by clicking on the Preview button at the top right of the screen. This will allow us to see what the form will look like to respondents and make any necessary changes.
    Preview button in Microsoft Forms for previewing a form
  2. In Preview mode, we can see how the form will appear on different devices by clicking the Computer or Mobile buttons at the top right of the screen.
    Desktop and Mobile buttons in Preview mode of Microsoft Forms app
  3. Computer preview
    Preview of styled form in Microsoft Forms app
  4. Mobile preview
    Form mobile preview mode in Microsoft Forms

Test your form

Test your new form by answering the questions in Preview mode, then select the Submit button.

Key points:

  • Microsoft Forms is a tool that allows users to create surveys, quizzes, and polls.
  • Choose a template or create a new form from scratch.
  • Add questions and customize your form.
  • Preview and test your form.
  • Share your form with respondents.


Microsoft Forms is an easy-to-use tool that allows users to create customized surveys, quizzes, and polls. By following the steps outlined above, you can quickly create and share a form with your audience.

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