Bill Blais

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    Dear Forms customers,

    Thanks for your patience for the long wait on file upload.

    File upload v1 – for internal survey, has been enabled on full production. It would be great if you could provide feedback for us. This survey may take you about 3 minutes to finish.
    https://aka.ms/fileuploadfeedback

    We are working with SharePoint team to enable file upload v2 – for external survey, we will reach out your soon for more feedback.

    Thank you for your time!
    Microsoft Forms Team

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    UPDATE: I just manually renamed one of the automatically created "Question" folders in OneDrive to something else ("Do stuff") and all subsequent submissions went to it without any hiccup. I honestly didn't think that would work, but it did without a hitch. Still manual, but at least I can make it clear.

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    Agree with most of the other comments that this is a good step forward, but the 2 major outstanding issues are A) the lack of external (which apparently is coming) and B) the folder naming convention.

    For the latter, particularly for Flows, I was able to handle this by manually connecting the folders in Flow/PA as needed. The key is that the folders are created in the order the file upload questions are created (and do not change if the form questions are rearranged). Given this, we can work out which folder is which. The manual nature of this minimizes the automation potential, obviously, which is the real win.

    If this folder naming convention changes, though, please make sure that is explicitly communicated ahead of time.

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    Bill Blais commented  · 

    Kaeri - You have to click in the text box first and enter your 'other' comment. This automatically checks the radio button. One of the quirks of Forms.

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    This is very welcome news, Zhongzhong! Sort of. As I pointed out in my response to your survey (which I am very glad to see!), I believe most of us understand that this is not simple functionality, but the total silence to date is, at best, frustrating, so your comment and the survey are a bright spot. However, plenty of people gave feedback prior to and following kathyl's comment, but that was more than 16 months ago and now we are being asked to provide feedback again? To be clear, I am hopeful with the survey that there is a more concerted effort underway, but I have some questions about the survey itself and the focus it seems to be putting on specific use-cases rather than a more flexible general functionality. I'd be willing to hold these reservations aside, though, if we could get regular communication about this feature, both of progress and lack of progress. Say monthly updates? I'm not looking for deep details, but I think it's not unreasonable to expect more and better communication given the history of this request so far. Something to let us know we're not posting to the void.

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    Excellent news, kathyl!

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    Bill Blais commented  · 

    I know this is old, but to whoever started it: Does this mean you are able to create Excel-based Microsoft Forms from standalone SharePoint sites? We currently are unable to do so. See related request:

    https://microsoftforms.uservoice.com/forums/386451-welcome-to-microsoft-forms-suggestion-box/suggestions/18462115-creating-a-new-form-from-a-sharepoint-site-or-ex

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    Totally agree, though I think something changed early on with Forms. When it first started, I was able to create a form from an Excel file in a standalone SharePoint site, but that is no longer the case. Can from Groups/Teams-based SP sites, but not standalone SP sites.

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    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.

    Regards,
    Microsoft Forms Team

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    Bill Blais commented  · 

    Related caveat to my earlier comment about how to do this via OneDrive/Sharepoint: Currently, only a single form can be connected to a given Excel workbook (I have a new suggestion for this, but it's still pending approval).

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    This is actually possible right now, if you use OneDrive or Sharepoint. Unfortunately, it's a bit buried.

    I recently posted a step-by-step with screen clips here:
    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_o365edu-mso_forms/microsoft-forms-excel-spreadsheet/13cc0e55-aada-4a30-9d5e-2db063f50ab4#LastReply

    There are a couple ways, but the short version is:
    1 - Create the Excel worksbook in OneDrive or Sharepoint
    2 - In the workbook, click "Insert" > "Forms" > "New Form"

    This will bring you to MS Forms with a blank form titled with your filename, by default. In the originating Excel file, a new sheet will be created tied to this form. Any subsequent submissions will be recorded live in that Excel file, rather than having to go to the form and then download the results.

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    Do you mean spreadsheet or workbook? I want to tie multiple forms to a single workbook, but as separate spreadsheets.

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    tell us more  ·  ruoyingl responded

    Thanks all for your feedbacks and suggestions. As you may noticed, we’ve added two features to help you find target forms easier:
    1. Search box. You can find a form by search the form name or form owner.
    2.Form’s theme is shown in form card. If you are using different themes for different type of forms, it’s easier to find out forms by color.

    Does the new feature help? Could you tell us more if the new feature doesn’t solve your problem?

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    I don't want to seem automatically negative, but in my opinion these two features do nothing to address this problem. A single flat list of all content is as useless to me as putting every spreadsheet I've ever created in a single folder. Search can help, but only if I (and others) adhere to strict and commonly accepted naming conventions, and even this quickly grows unwieldy.

    Perhaps an example: I am a technology trainer running dozens of distinct training sessions each month. I want to use Forms for feedback to track effectiveness, identify gaps, and improve our training. One master form that attempts to be all things to all sessions will fail because there are too many variables to each session. Creating master forms for each type of session, however, is perfectly reasonable, except it's simply too many to be useful in a single flat list.

    Then, of course, there are all the other forms I create for non-training purposes.

    Foldering is a basic, familiar, easily managed organizing structure that would answer this issue. I'm confused why it seems to be such a hurdle, but if 'physical' folders are some sort of technical problem, then tagging would be an equally functional (perhaps even better?) alternative.

    Forms has enormous potential, but lacking some of these fundamental features is drastically undermining that potential.

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