Many times form respondents want to view the submitted Google Forms. This is a necessity if users want to make sure whether they answered all fields correctly or not.

So, keeping the same in mind, it offers the feature where users get a copy of the submitted response via email notification.

Google Forms doesn’t let its users view the uploaded file which is one of the biggest drawbacks. As, it is an essential feature for respondents to verify whether they have uploaded the correct document/files or not.

Hence, we recommend you to try its alternative which is Pabbly Form Builder that lets you view uploaded file and you can also download it in PDF format. Further, you can easily get along with your respondendent using its advance response receipt features.

In this particular article, I am going to teach how one can view submitted responses in Google Forms.

So, let’s get started…..

Steps To View Submitted Response In Google Forms

Step 1: Build A Form

To create a form, click on the “Blank” button. Further, you can use its pre-designed templates too.

Step 2: Add The Fields

Next, to add fields click on the “Plus” icon. Further, you can add different form elements such as file upload section, images, videos, etc. according to your form needs.

Customize Form - Google Forms

Note: Your form must include an email field so, that user can put their email (where they will receive the replica of their submission).

Step 3: Go To Gear Icon

Now, click on the “Gear” icon at the top right corner.

Gear icon - Google Forms

Step 4: Settings Option

Further, it will open a pop-up window where you will find options like collect email addresses, response receipts, require sign in and a lot more.

Setting Option - Google Forms

Step 5: Enable The Response Receipts Box

Next, click on the box “Collect Email Addresses”, it will enable the setting for “Response Receipts”. Simply, check the box beside “Response Receipts” which will offer two choices i.e “If the respondent requests it” and “Always”. Select the option accordingly and hit the “Save” button.

Enable The Response Receipts Box - Google Forms

Step 6: Copy Of Submitted Response

Finally, the form submitter will get an email like this, when they submit the form.

Submitted Response - Google Forms

Limitation Of Google Forms

No doubt, Google Forms are free to use, but it fails users with vast needs. Some of its limitations are mentioned below:

  • It does not provide the option to customize and personalize the email notification. As a result, you have to cooperate with its default email template.
  • You can not send specific notification such as payment received/sent to the user.
  • Further, it doesn’t let you include your brand logo on the response receipt.
  • Advance features like tracking details of form activity are absent in Google Forms.

To Overcome These Limitations Try Its Best Alternative

As discussed above the powerful tool named Pabbly Form Builder which doesn’t restrict you on features by offering unlimited submission, storage and much more.

  • It provides a wide range of options to customize the respondent receipt according to your needs.
  • The software comes with Autoresponder feature which will ease work at your end.
  • Pabbly Form Builder allows you to add your brand identity/logo in the respondent receipt.
  • Using it, you can track details such as browser name, country, sessions, type of traffic, IP address of the form respondent.
  • Further, it offers flexibility to download responses in PDF format.

Now, let’s see how you can simply enable the settings to send a replica of submitted forms to your respondents.

Steps To Enable Autoresponder in Pabbly Form Builder

Step 1: Create A New Form

To start, click on the “Create New Form” option and you can use pre-designed templates too.

Create Form - Pabbly Form Builder

Step 2: Add Fields To Form

In the “Blocks” section, it offers various elements for building a form. You just need to drag & drop those fields which you want to include in your form.

Add Fields To Form - Pabbly Form Builder

Step 3: Settings For Autoresponder

After creating the form, go to the “Setting” option, here you will find a feature “Autoresponder” along with other different options. Just select that button and it will offer a bunch of choices for email notification.

Autoresponder Section - Pabbly Form Builder

Step 4: Customize Your Email Notification

Next, here you find a variety of options such as system font, size and much more to customize the message content. Further, enable/disable it using the switch.

Customize Your Email Notification - Pabbly Form Builder

Note: Here, you’ll see the shortcode [CLIENT DATA] which sends the replica of the response to users into their mail account.

Client Data Option - Pabbly Form Builder

That’s how one can easily set up an autoresponder for sending a copy of submitted responses to the users.

Step 5: Copy Of Submitted Response

This is how your form respondent will get an email notification that contains a copy of the submitted response.

Copy Of Submitted Response - Pabbly Form Builder


We hope that this guide has helped you in configuring the setting for viewing the submitted response.

With the help of advanced features like autoresponders, users will get the exact copy of sent entries in their respective email account. This way they will rectify their mistakes if they have made any, during form submission.

Besides this, getting a positive response like “Your Message Received Successfully” from form creator always helps in maintaining a healthy relationship.

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