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Drill Down

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The drill down question type lets you create categories each containing a set of choices. By default this question type gives respondents a drop down full of categories and loads a second drop down full of choices once a category has been selected. Alternatively you can format the question as a single drop down showing all choices and categories or a likert scale. Respondents can only select one answer to a drilldown question.

screenshot of a drilldown question

To set up drill down question:

  1. Drag and drop a drill down question from the Advanced Questions section of the palette to the canvas.
  2. Phrase your question in the Question Title and optionally add an Extra Description.
  3. By default a drill down question has two categories with two choices in each. To add more categories click + Add beneath the last category. You can also use the Bulk option to add categories.
  4. Click on an existing category to give it a name and view its drill down choices. To add more drill down choices to any category click the + Add in the choices section. You can also use the Bulk option or Extraction to add choices. Optionally, give your choice a score, code, or use the Branch to drop down to set up simple branching for the choice.
  5. If you want to make the question required, uncheck Optional in Options settings.
  6. Configure the question’s display settings. See below for details.
  7. Save your survey.


AppearanceSelect how your question will display. Default is cascading drop downs, where a respondent selects a category from a drop down and a second drop down appears with the drilldown choices for that category. Other options are Dropdown, where all categories and drilldown choices are displayed in a single drop down and Likert, where all choices are arranged in a likert scale with categories listed along the top.
Randomize choicesDefault and Dropdown only. Shows choices in a random order per respondent.
Alphabetize choicesDefault and Dropdown only. Shows choices in alphabetic order.
Blank choiceDropdown only. Set what displays when no answer is chosen. Default is —
Flip choice orderLikert only. Reverses the order of the choices. This also reverses the left and right label.
Show Category LabelsLikert only. Displays the category labels above the choices.
Left Label and Right LabelLikert only. Specify labels to display on either side of the scale.
Display side-by-sideDisplays the question on one half of the screen. In order for two questions to display side-by-side, you’ll have to enable this option for both questions. The first question will be on the left and the second on the right.
Append to previous questionUse this to make this question appear as if it’s part of the previous question.
Extra ClassesAdvanced option to define classes for custom javascript or CSS.