Survey settings

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Important.png  Attention : Please note that this tutorial uses explanations and screenshots that are applicable to LimeSurvey 3.xx. Small differences exist between LimeSurvey 3.xx and LimeSurvey 2.xx, especially in terms of design.

Click on the following link to access the survey settings wiki section for the early versions of LimeSurvey (e.g. 2.5X, 2.6X, 2.7X).


The survey settings menu permits users to customize and enhance their surveys. By default, the following options are available:

Settings Menu screen.png

In the screenshot from above, two buttons are emphasized. They can be used by the users to rearrange the survey settings menu dimensions as they wish. If you wish to rearrange the main survey settings menu, drag the right side of the menu to the left or to the right by clicking on the three-dots button. If you click on the left arrowhead, the menu collapses, getting minimized until the moment in which only a sidemenu with icons is left. To go back to the default view of the survey settings menu, click on the right arrowhead button located above the survey settings menu.

Hover the mouse over each option to see what each icon does.

Help.png Note: The menu can be changed/edited from the Menu configuration and Menu entries configuration pages. They can be accessed from the LimeSurvey configuration dialog. We recommend the edit of the menus only to advanced users.


The overview page offers a general perspective on your survey. It is divided in three parts:

  • Overview toolbar: The functions from the toolbar allow you to start/stop the survey, check its logic, save & export it, add survey participants, and manually introduce survey participants' data (in the case in which you conduct an offline survey);
  • Survey quick actions: There are four boxes that allow to quickly add questions and question groups, edit text elements and general settings, and see the statistics of the survey. The format option (situated over the boxes) allows you to select the way in which the questions will be displayed to the survey participants;
  • Survey summary: It comes with a short set of information about your survey.

For a complete description of the three parts, check the Overview panel wiki page.

General settings

The general settings of a survey allows the user to edit basic information about the survey such as the survey owner, administrator's email, and the template employed in his survey.

For further details, please continue reading the following wiki page.

Survey texts

From the Survey texts panel, you can edit the title of the survey and its description, welcome and end messages, end URL of your survey, and the format of the decimal mark and date.

For more details, access the Survey texts section.

Theme options

This panel is for those users that would like to enhance their templates by using the inheritance function and the bootswatch themes.

For more details, access our wiki section on theme options.

Survey participants

You may want to invite only a specific group of people to participate in your survey to better keep track of who has completed the survey and who hasn't, and ensure that each person can participate only once. To do this, click on Survey participants and start to add only those persons that you wish to answer to your survey.

For a more in-depth presentation of this functionality, access the following link.


You can edit in this panel presentation- and navigation-related settings of your survey. These changes impact how the respondent sees your survey. You can choose to show the number of the questions at the beginning of the survey, a progress bar or the current statistics of the survey once it is completed, and so on.

For a complete description, access the following link.

Publication & access

This setting allows the survey administrator to choose the way in which the survey can be accessed by the survey participants (e.g. CAPTCHA codes can be used to increase the security of your survey). Moreover, you can also set up from here a start/expiry date/time.

For more details on each option, read from our manual about Publication & access.

Survey permissions

In some cases, the administrator might not want to give to a user (e.g. a translator) global permissions with which he can have access to more than one survey. That is why the survey permissions panel was created - to facilitate the allocation of permissions to different users without the need of using the global system of permissions. If you want to learn more about global permissions and survey permissions, access the following wiki section.

For more details on survey permissions and their usage, access the following link.

Participant settings

You can edit from this menu tokens-related settings. For example, you can choose to anonymize all the responses you get from a survey or allow public survey registration.

For a complete description of the options, access our wiki section on survey participants handling.

Survey quotas

A quota is used to set a limit on responses from defined groups of people on an active survey. Some common attributes used in defining quotas are things like gender, age, race, province/state. A quota can be added by clicking on the Add new quota button located in the right part of the window.

For further details, access the following link on quotas and their usage.


LimeSurvey contains a feature that allows the survey administrator to create survey "assessments" for his or her respondents - even for multilingual surveys. Assessments are rules which evaluate the responses to a survey immediately after it is submitted, displaying text blocks to the survey participant (based on that evaluation).

For further details on its usage, check our wiki page about it.

Data management

If you would like to save response-related details into the responses tables, access this panel. You can save the referrer URL, IP address, timings, etc. that can help you produce more in-depth analyses. Moreover, LimeSurvey allows you to use the tracking ID from Google Analytics.

For more explanations, read about notifications and data management settings.

Email templates

The email templates are used to quickly send personalized invitations, reminders, confirmations, and registrations emails to your respondents (from the survey participants table). You can also edit the standard basic (or detailed) admin notifications that are sent to the survey administrator.

For more information, access Email templates.

Panel integration

You can set up from this tab which additional URL parameters will be accepted by your survey (these parameters would be attached to the start URL of the survey).

For further details, see the wiki section on panel integration.


This panel lets you manage files (pictures and media files) that were uploaded in the HTML Editor.

For further details, check our wiki section on how to use external resources in your survey.