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How to: Export the text of an answer instead of the code?

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By default, when you export survey data, the data will contain the coding of the question instead of the text since this is usually the easiest for data analysis. For example, say you have the following question:

This question has the following answers with their respective codes:

So, if someone answers “Very good!” and you would export the data, you would see a “1” in the data sheet:

However, sometimes you might want to have the actual “Very good!” text appear in the data instead of the coding. Here is how you can do this:

  1. On the “Variables” tab of the question, check the “Export Answers as Text” box:
  2. Save the survey.
  3. Now export the survey again. This time, the data will look like this:

This configuration is done per question and can also be done after data collection was completed.

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