Earlier this week I wanted to share a Google Form in a training, but I wanted each person to have their own copy to use in their own classroom. I have used the trick to share other Google Drive base files by changing the end of the URL from “/edit” to “/copy”. This works with Google Docs, Sheets & Slides (as long as you also share viewing rights to the document), but not with Forms editor. In playing around I did discover that “/copy” will work, so here are the steps.
- Create your form and design at will by adding questions and adjusting the theme.
- Now you need to adjust the share settings of the form. Go to File-Add Collaborators and share the form as needed. I choose “Anyone who has the link can edit” which is a little scary, but their is no “can view” option. We are not going to really share the editor URL anyways, just make sure this is your template and not a form you are actively using.
- The last step is to view your live form (example). This is the URL you will need, but before you share you will need to change the “/viewform” to “/copy”. Now when you share the new live form link (updated example) the trainee will be asked if they want to make a copy.
Enjoy sharing your forms,