You can now import your forms and their responses into Formaloo using an Excel spreadsheet. In this tutorial, you’ll see how you can do that.

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Prepare your Excel file

Download your responses from your previous tool. Then open your downloaded Excel file to prepare it for importing into Formaloo. There are a few rules your Excel file should follow in order to be imported properly. Read on to learn about them.

1. Define the field names and types

The first row of your spreadsheet should include your field names and types. The format is simple:

field title (field type)

To assign the correct field types, follow the following list:

List of field types

Short text field in forms

Short text field
Add short_text in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: Full name (short_text)

email field type in forms

Email field
Add email in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: What’s your email address? (email)

Single choice fields in forms

Single-choice field*
Add choice in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: Which model do you prefer the most? (choice)

Multi choice field in forms

Multi-choice field*
Add multiple_select in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: What are your favorite snacks? (multiple_select)

Phone field in forms

Phone field
Add phone in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: What’s your contact number? (phone)

Number field in forms

Number field
Add number in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: How old are you? (number)

Long text field in forms

Long text field
Add long_text in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: Write down your question here (long_text)

Dropdown field in forms

Dropdown field
Add dropdown in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: Which class are you registering for? (dropdown)

Date field in forms

Date field*
Add date in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: When’s the best available date to meet? (date)

Website field in forms

Website field
Add website in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: What’s your website URL? (website)

File field in forms

File field*
Add file in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: Upload your photo here (file)

Time field in forms

Time field
Add time in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: What time best suits you? (time)

NPS score field in forms

Net promoter score (NPS) field
Add rating/nps in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: How likely are you to recommend us? (rating/nps)

CSAT field in forms

Customer satisfaction (CSAT) field
Add rating/embeded in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: How happy are you with our products? (rating/embeded)

YesNo field in forms

Yes / No field
Add yes_no in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: Do you accept our terms of service? (yes_no)

Like/dislike field for forms

Like / Dislike field
Add rating/like_dislike in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: Do you like the Marvel movies? (rating/like_dislike)

City field on forms

City field
Add city in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: Where are you located? (city)

Section field on forms

Section field*
Add meta/section in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: Here’s some info about our products (meta/section)

Video field on forms

Video field*
Add meta/video in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: Watch our latest demo video (meta/video)

Hidden field in forms

Hidden field
Add hidden in the parentheses in front of your field name
Example: User’s email (hidden)

For example, if you have a field for asking the users’ full name, you’ll have a cell in the first row that says “Full name (short_text)“. As a result, Formaloo will add a short text field to your form and name it “Full name”.

Didn’t find the field type you have in your form? Choose the closest field type or suggest/vote on the field types we’re adding to Formaloo in our product roadmap.

2. Make sure your responses match with Formaloo’s validation

Formaloo validates responses to make sure the entered data matches the field type. To make sure your responses match with Formaloo’s validation, check the following points:

  • The options inside the single-choice and multi-choice fields will be added from the responses (other rows). So if there are options no response has ever selected, you can add them in a new row to your spreadsheet or later in your formaloo.

  • At the version 1 of Formaloo importer, the date format in your Excel file should be YYYY-MM-DD. Although, date convertor will be added to the the next version of importer.

  • If you downloaded responses from your previous form builder solution, the files are on the source servers and won’t be moved to Formaloo’s servers in this import. Therefore, at the version 1 of Formaloo importer, it only creates a file field with no responses inside.

  • The section and video fields will create a field of that type. But since they’re meta fields and don’t collect data, you’ll have to add content/link to them at the form editor when the import is completed.

  • If Formaloo doesn’t recognize the format of some of your responses, it will ignore them.

Import your Excel file

Now that you’ve prepared your Excel file, go to your Formaloo dashboard and click on the “Import” button at the top. Then upload your Excel file and click on the “Send” button. It will start to import your form and its responses and when finished, you’ll be redirected to the form’s page.

If you received an error during importing your Excel file, go back through your field types and responses and make sure they match this tutorial and the sample Excel file.

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