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=Changing an active survey=
 
=Changing an active survey=
  
While a survey is active, it is not possible to add or remove questions or answers, or to change the type of any question. However, it is still possible to:
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While a survey is active, it is not possible to add questions, remove questions or answers or change the question type. However, it is still possible to:
  
* Modify the text of a question (for example to correct typos or whatever)
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* Modify the text of a question (for example to correct typos)
* Modify the attributes of a question (for example to include it in the public statistics, insist on a particular number of answers for a multiple options question or whatever).
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* Modify the attributes of a question (for example to include it in the public statistics or insist on a particular number of answers for a multiple options question).
 
 
To make more complicated changes, you need to use the [[Surveys_-_introduction#Import_a_survey|import]] and [[Display/Export survey|export]] facilities described in the next section.
 
  
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To make more complicated changes, you need to use the [[Surveys_-_introduction#Import_a_survey|import]] and [[Display/Export survey|export]] functionality described in the next section.
  
 
=Changing an active survey by import and export=
 
=Changing an active survey by import and export=
  
  
If you find you need to add or remove questions or answers or a combination of these, LimeSurvey has functions called [[Import responses#Import a VV survey file|"VV-Import"]] and [[Export responses#VVExport|"VV-Export"]] that can be used to move all the results from one survey across to another survey.
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If you need to add or remove questions or answers (or both), LimeSurvey has functions called [[Import responses#Import a VV survey file|"VV-Import"]] and [[Export responses#VVExport|"VV-Export"]] that can be used to move all the results from one survey to another survey.
  
  
Exporting the survey structure is done in the survey toolbar. The VV-Import and VV-Export buttons are found on the main toolbar of the [[Responses]] page.
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Exporting the survey structure is done from the survey toolbar. The VV-Import and VV-Export buttons are found on the main toolbar of the [[Responses]] page.
  
  
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VV-Import and VV-Export can also be used to combine survey results when the same survey has been run on more than one server.
 
VV-Import and VV-Export can also be used to combine survey results when the same survey has been run on more than one server.
  
The method for using VV-Import and VV-Export is as follows:
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Following are the steps for using VV-Import and VV-Export:
* Create a new survey and copy the structure of the original one. If necessary, modify this new survey so it has the changes you want.
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* Activate the new survey
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* Create a new survey and copy the structure of the original. If necessary, modify this new survey so it has the changes you want.
* Perform a VV-Export from the _old_ survey
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* Activate the new survey.
* Perform the VV-Import into the _new_ survey
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* Perform a VV-Export from the _old_ survey.
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* Perform the VV-Import into the _new_ survey.
  
=Tricks=
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=Tips=
* When '''rearranging columns''' switch column ids (row 2) instead of all content columns (3-end)
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* When '''rearranging columns''' switch column ids (row 2) instead of all content columns (3-end).
* '''Rename vv files''' as .txt and excel will open them correctly (save as unicode and rename)
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* '''Rename vv files''' as .txt and excel will open them correctly (save as unicode and rename).
 
* To '''change the survey title''', access the [[Text elements]] panel of your survey settings.
 
* To '''change the survey title''', access the [[Text elements]] panel of your survey settings.

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Changing an active survey

While a survey is active, it is not possible to add questions, remove questions or answers or change the question type. However, it is still possible to:

  • Modify the text of a question (for example to correct typos)
  • Modify the attributes of a question (for example to include it in the public statistics or insist on a particular number of answers for a multiple options question).

To make more complicated changes, you need to use the import and export functionality described in the next section.

Changing an active survey by import and export

If you need to add or remove questions or answers (or both), LimeSurvey has functions called "VV-Import" and "VV-Export" that can be used to move all the results from one survey to another survey.


Exporting the survey structure is done from the survey toolbar. The VV-Import and VV-Export buttons are found on the main toolbar of the Responses page.


Import and Export VV - location.png


VV-Import and VV-Export can also be used to combine survey results when the same survey has been run on more than one server.

Following are the steps for using VV-Import and VV-Export:

  • Create a new survey and copy the structure of the original. If necessary, modify this new survey so it has the changes you want.
  • Activate the new survey.
  • Perform a VV-Export from the _old_ survey.
  • Perform the VV-Import into the _new_ survey.

Tips

  • When rearranging columns switch column ids (row 2) instead of all content columns (3-end).
  • Rename vv files as .txt and excel will open them correctly (save as unicode and rename).
  • To change the survey title, access the Text elements panel of your survey settings.