Dropdown Menu List questions allow respondents to select an option for multiple items in a list using a uniform dropdown of answers.
When To Use It
Use a Dropdown Menu List to display multiple dropdown questions that share the same possible answers. For example, purchased quantity of a list of products.
- On the Build tab, click the Add New Question option and select Dropdown Menu List from the available options.
- Input your question text in the What question do you want to ask field.
- Within the Answer section, input the dropdown menu options that will be shown via each dropdown menu.
- Next, provide the row labels for each of your dropdown menus within the Row Headers section.
- Make sure to Save your question when you are finished.
There are a couple validation options that you should be aware of when using the Dropdown Menu List question.
- If you don't want want your respondents to select the same answer from each menu in the list, select the Prevent respondents from selecting a dropdown value more than once checkbox. This will result in an answer being un-selected from the initial menu if it is chosen in a following menu in the same question.
- You can also specify the number of rows that must be answered via the Answer Requirement section.
There are also a couple of options available via the Layout tab that may be helpful.
- If you have a large amount of dropdown menu list rows, consider using the Number of Columns setting to display your list in two or more columns. Input your desired number of columns and save your question to see the effect.
- You can place the Row Headers to the right of the dropdown menus if you prefer, by checking the Place labels on the right side of the input checkbox.
On a desktop and most laptops, the Dropdown Menu List question type looks like so.
When optimized for mobile devices the Dropdown Menu List question type looks very similar. Many mobile devices have a native select interface to make it easier for respondents to select an option with their finger. Whether or not this is available depends on the device.
By default, survey questions show one at a time on mobile devices to prevent the need for scrolling on smaller screens. You can turn off this one-at-a-time interaction if you wish.
Dropdown Menu Lists report as a Grid with a row for each list item and a column count and percent for each dropdown list option.
See additional compatible chart types
Within the Standard Report there are various chart types available for visualizing your data. The below grid shows which of the our chart types Dropdown Menu List questions are compatible with.
|Chart Type (Aggregate)
| (Individual Rows*)
|Vertical Bar Chart
|Stacked Vertical Bar Chart
|Horizontal Bar Chart
|Stacked Horizontal Bar Chart
|Area Spline Chart
|Collapsed Response List
|Diverging Stacked Bar Chart
|Chart Type (Longitudinal)
|Longitudinal Line Chart
|Longitudinal Area Chart
|Longitudinal Spline Chart
|Longitudinal Area Spline Chart
|Longitudinal Vertical Bar Chart
|Longitudinal Stacked Vertical Bar Chart
|Longitudinal Stacked Area Chart
|Longitudinal Stacked Spline Area Chart
*See report on grid rows separately to learn how.
See what other report types are compatible
The below grid shows which of the report types Dropdown Menu List questions are compatible with. If you plan to do some specific analysis within Alchemer this report compatibility chart should help you choose the right question types.
|(Individual Rows Only)
Learn how to report on list rows separately
In Standard Reports the rows of Dropdown Menu List questions can be reported on separately as various chart types. Here are the steps to set this up:
Click the Insert button between any two report elements and select Question Chart from the dropdown menu. In the next dropdown menu look for your list question. Instead of selecting the overall question title, select the first row of the list, seen below, and click Add Question. Continue adding each row of the list question.
This will display the rows of the Dropdown List in chart format. Beautiful!
In the CSV/Excel export, will display a column for each list item. The column header will display the list item first, then the question title.
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