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 version 2.xx.


The survey settings menu permits users to edit different survey-related settings. The following survey settings are available by default:

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.

Help.pngThe survey menu (located below the survey settings) is described here.


The overview page offers a general perspective on your survey. It is divided in two 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 summary: It comes with a short set of information about your survey.

For a complete description, 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.

Text elements

From the Survey text elements 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 text elements section.

Data policy settings

The set of options displayed under this option are related to the security text/policy settings about which your respondents have to be aware of before continuing filling in the survey.

For more details, access our wiki section on data policy settings.

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.


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.

Participant settings

You can edit from this menu different survey participants table 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.

Notifications & data

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.

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.