How to Add Other Option in Microsoft Forms?

Last Updated: Feb 2, 2024 by

Microsoft Forms is a powerful tool for creating surveys, quizzes, and polls. It allows you to gather valuable feedback and information from your audience. However, sometimes the default options provided by Microsoft Forms may not be enough for your needs. In such cases, you may want to add an “other” option to your form. In this article, we will discuss how to add an “other” option in Microsoft Forms and customize your form to better suit your needs.

Customizing Form Layout

Before we dive into adding an “other” option, let’s first discuss how you can customize the layout of your form. Microsoft Forms offers a variety of options for form layout, including single choice, multiple choice, and text fields. You can also add images and videos to your form to make it more visually appealing. Experiment with different layouts to find the one that works best for your form.

Adding an “Other” Option

To add an “other” option to your form, follow these steps:

  1. Open your form in Microsoft Forms.
  2. Click on the question you want to add an “other” option to.
  3. In the question settings, click on the “More options” button (three dots).
  4. Select “Add other option” from the drop-down menu.
  5. You will now see an “other” option added to your question.

Customizing the “Other” Option

By default, the “other” option will appear as a text field for respondents to enter their own answer. However, you can customize this option to better suit your needs. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the “other” option in your question.
  2. In the question settings, click on the “More options” button (three dots).
  3. Select “Edit” from the drop-down menu.
  4. You can now change the text of the “other” option to better describe what you want respondents to enter.
  5. You can also choose to make the “other” option a required field or add a description to provide more context for respondents.

Using the “Other” Option in Your Form

Now that you have added and customized the “other” option in your form, you can use it to gather valuable information from your audience. This option is particularly useful when you want to give respondents the freedom to provide their own answer instead of choosing from the options provided. It can also help you gather more specific and detailed feedback from your audience.


Customizing your form layout and adding an “other” option can greatly enhance the functionality and effectiveness of your Microsoft Forms. It allows you to gather more specific and valuable information from your audience. Experiment with different layouts and options to find the best fit for your form. Have you used the “other” option in your Microsoft Forms? Let us know in the comments below.

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