Connect results to Excel as a data source rather than opening a new workbook each time
The form is great in terms of collecting responses. That said, if you need to view all the data at once, you need to open the form results in Excel. If you do that, it appears to open a separate result each time. There is no way to edit the results workbook. For example, I want to add a column to the results where I can keep track of whether or not I have contacted the person since they have filled out the form. If I add that column to the table, it will be gone when I next click "Open in Excel" to get the latest data. It would be great if it creates a connection to the workbook and is treated like a data source for the workbook.
Hi Forms users,
Thanks for using Microsoft Forms and providing feedback.
We just enabled a new feature “Forms for Excel” for all Microsoft Forms customers. When you create Forms for Excel in your OneDrive for Business / modern SharePoint team sites, you will get an Excel workbook at the same time. All the responses data will show up in your Excel workbook in real time.
You could get more detail from – https://aka.ms/formsforexcel
Please be free to leave comments if you have any question.
Microsoft Forms Team
Can we generate the Responses in Excel automatically and integrate it to different system as source file.
Try this, perhaps it could help - https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Forms-Blog/Forms-for-Excel-new-experience-for-Excel-survey-in-Office-365/ba-p/109195
This functionality already exists if you build the form within Excel online - but i can't find a way of moving existing forms over to this system. It would be really nice if there was an option by the download to excel button, to choose as a download or as part of Excel online in real time.
Then you wouldn't have to re-make entire forms.
Save the Excel as on online doc in OneDrive For Business, so it can be edited and ... well, because of all the reasons to use OneDrive to begin with. Have a new Excel file each time the form is submitted is no good
Can you link several forms to different spreadsheets. i.e., I want to have one form connect to multiple excel files.
Miguel Chumbo commented
I created the form on the excel workbook. As I passed the 30MB threshold I cannot use the online excel. I can only use the excel from the PC. However, this excel isn´t getting the answers in real time and doesn´t have connections. Is there any solution?
Now there is a major issue with no set linkage between the two methods of creating a Form. If you start a new form from Microsoft Forms, it does not create or enable the creation of excel online in OneDrive with the data.
Only if you create a new 'Form for Excel' in OneDrive will it create the spreadsheet.
The how to information is not clear on this, so this also needs updating.
You need to enable the option to choose to store the data in onedrive or Sharepoint if required. Do this and it will become a viable alternative.
Alison Trinidad commented
I've created a "Form for Excel" on a Sharepoint drive, but now am unable to connect the form as a trigger on Microsoft Flow. Only Forms created in Forms (not Excel) are showing up in the Flow drop-down. I would like to create an email notification and approval workflow for every response submitted through the Form. Possible?
I have the same issue as @Erik Olsson, I've published the form and advertised it, down want to retract it, can we link form back to onedrive "form for excel"?>?
I have a form created in my OneDrive for Business account and it's linked to an ective Excel spreadsheet in the same OneDrive account. But to your comment, "All the responses data will show up in your Excel workbook in real time." I have a very important question. What happens to those responses which are received WHILE I'm actively working in that Excel workbook.
To test this, I left my Excel workbook open and then went and submitted a test form. That survey result shows in my forms responses, but even after closing and reopening the Excel spreadsheet, it is NOT found in my Excel workbook. Do I lose the data from those responses submitted while I'm working my workbook? This could be very problematic.
Roberto Cuenca commented
I have the same issue @Erik Olsson. I made a form in Microsoft Form but I need move or duplicate in "Forms for excel" becuase i want to have the file excel in Onedrive Business/Sharepoint, is that possible ??
Thanks in advance for you help or any information.
Joana Villas-Boas commented
I have the same issue as @Erick Olsson. I worked a hole day in bulding a form with Microsoft Forms and I just learned it's not sotred anywhere that can be reached. I nedd it to be in some place where data can be edited or worked on. OneDrive for business for excemple. How can I move an existing form made in Forms to OneDrive for business?
Erik Olsson commented
Great. is it possible to link a previously made form to a "Forms for excel" or does the above solution only apply to new forms you create?
Meaning: If you want to have an excel file connected to a form you have to setup a "Forms for excel" before you create a form?
Thomas Sweeney commented
I need the edits to the excel sheet to be reflected in the from review UI. This would allow me to add results of users who could not access the web when they were filling out the form.
How do I link an existing form to excel? I am a teacher trying to create a digital reading log.
How can i link an existing form to Excel?. I can see how i can create new form in Excel Online, but i have already set up a form and have responses in it so would like to create an automatic link
Kesava Velugubantla commented
its good to have it linked to a sharepoint list because when the person leaves the company then you cant really manage the his/her one drive and you will be loosing all that data and form.
Just to clarify, one way a team (i.e. department or group) can be alerted when a form is submitted is by Using Forms for Excel to create the survey and then have the members of the SharePoint Team site create an alert for the Excel document when it is updated?
If this is true can there be cells in each record that do not appear on the survey that team members can use to indicate followup?
Is it possible to have this feature as an option in the New Forms wizard that allows the user to check a box or something in a drop down that will enable the "Forms for excel" feature? The new feature seems to be hidden or hard to access because you have to go to OneDrive then choose the new option then the Forms for Excel option.