Mentioning the Forms bot

Within Microsoft Teams you can easily add a real time poll to the conversation area by mentioning Microsoft Forms. Great for instantly gaining quick feedback from your students. Polls can also be created on the go through the iPad app.

All you need to do to is @ mention Forms in your Team conversation area, ask a question and then type in the response options. Within seconds your poll will be available to the Team members. A Quick Poll Form can have up to six options and one response per person.

How to add a Quick Poll form to Teams
  1. Open a Team and select the Channel you want to poll. This will open the Conversations area.
  2. Type a new message and type @Forms select the Forms icon when it appears. This instructs the Forms bot that you want to create a poll.
  3. Within the same message immediately after @Forms start typing your question. Add a question mark after it, Forms won’t recognise the question if you don’t.
  4. Now type between two and six answer options with a comma between each.
  5. You should now have a message that is formatting like this: @Forms Question? Option1, Option2, Option3,
  6. When you are ready to poll, send the message by clicking on the blue arrow. Within a few seconds it will be available to the whole Team to respond by selecting one of the options.
Viewing the responses

Teams will display the responses in numerous ways depending upon the platform you view them on. All the summary responses are anonymous if you want to see individuals selections you will need to open the responses in Excel, more about this later.

Currently on the iPad Teams app the responses appear under the form, with the number of selections next to each option.

The web and desktop version of Teams will display responses in a bar graph.

You can also go to https://forms.office.com open the Group forms tab and search for your Team.

Within Forms you can view the form responses in a pie chart and Open in Excel (on the desktop) where you can see personal responses.

Further Support

If you have any questions about any of the above, please feel free to drop the Digital Learning Team an email at elearning@tees.ac.uk.

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2 thoughts on “Using Forms to create a quick poll in Teams

  • August 29, 2019 at 11:53
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    If you can’t see or search for your quick poll in the Group forms area, you might want to ask Microsoft Support. Our quick polls are still showing up under Group forms.

  • August 27, 2019 at 16:21
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    Within the section on creating a quick poll you have this sentence:

    You can also go to https://forms.office.com open the Group forms tab and search for your Team.

    I went there and clicked on Group forms and it did NOT show the quick poll that I had created.

    Is there any way to view the results? I used the poll to conduct an important vote and without being able to see who voted I don’t know who to remind to complete the vote…

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