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Create Hybrid Questions by Merging Elements

Hybrid questions utilize two or more element types in one question. This is done by the "Merge" feature in the style editor, which allows you to create a new question with answer elements taken from a different question. You can place these answer elements below or directly right of a question per your requirements.

1:  Hybrid Question Types

The example below shows a hybrid of a text element, a number element and a select element. This was created by using the "merge below" option. The "merge below" option combines two or more types of elements into one question, one below the another. Click here for instructions.

The example below shows a hybrid of a text element, a number element and a select element. This was created by using the "merge right of" option. The "merge right of" option combines two or more types of elements into one question, one to the right of the another. Click here for instructions.

2:  Creating a Hybrid Question Using the "merge below" Option

The first element should contain the question text and respondent instructions for the hybrid question. All additional elements need to be added on the same page as the first element, and should not have question text or respondent instructions because they will become part of the first element. The element used in the "merge below" hybrid question must have the same number of columns. In the example below, we will create a hybrid element that contains a text element, a number element and a select element.

Add the first element and enter the question text, respondent instructions and answer options. Then select "Add Survey Element." The elements that will be used to create the hybrid question must appear on the same page.

Add the second element and enter the answer options. Question text entered for the second question will be ignored since primary question is what is used for the question text that will display. Since the answer options will be joined below the answer options of the first element, they should be entered as rows. Then click on the "Basic" link to configure the display settings.

In the "Question Display Options," locate "Merge Below" and select the question number of the first element in the dropdown menu. This will merge the answer options with the first element. Then click "Save."

Click "Add Survey Element" to add another element to the hybrid question.

Add the third element and enter the answer options. Do not enter question text for the third element because it will become part of the first element. Since the answer options will be joined below the answer options of the first element, they should also be entered as a row with choices. Then click the "Basic" link to configure the display settings.

In the "Question Display Options," locate "Merge Below" and select the question number of the first element in the dropdown menu. This will merge the answer options with the first element, after the second element. Then click "Save."

You can preview the hybrid element at any time by clicking on the "Preview" link located at the top right corner of the first element. To find out more about the previewing an element, click here.

3:  Creating a Hybrid Question Using the "merge right of" Option

The first element should contain the question text and respondent instructions for the hybrid question. All additional elements need to be added on the same page as the first element, and should not have question text or respondent instructions because they will become part of the first element. The elements in the "merge right of" hybrid question must have the same number of rows and any number of columns. In the example below, we will create a hybrid element that contains a text element, a number element and a select element.

Add the first element and enter the question text, respondent instructions and answer options. Then select "Add Survey Element." The elements that will be used to create the hybrid question must appear on the same page.

Question text entered for the second question will be ignored since primary question is what is used for the question text that will display.  Since the answer options will be joined on the right side of the answer options of the first element, they should be entered as columns. Then click on the "Basic" link to configure the display settings.

In the "Question Display Options," locate "Merge Right Of" and select the question number of the first element in the dropdown menu. This will merge the answer options with the first element. Then click "Save."

Click "Add Survey Element" to add another element to the hybrid question.

Add the third element and enter the answer options. Do not enter question text for the third element because it will become part of the first element. Since the answer options will be joined to the right of the answer options of the first element, they should also be entered a column with choices.

In the "Question Display Options," locate "Merge Right Of" and select the question number of the first element in the dropdown menu. This will merge the answer options with the first element, to the right of the answer options of the second element. Then click "Save."

You can preview the hybrid element at any time by clicking on the "Preview" link located at the top right corner of the first element. To find out more about the previewing an element, click here.