I have a client who uses a Google Form to save data to a Google Sheet. They deleted and recreated one question, and the responses to that question are now being stored in a new column. This messes up existing formulas and pivot tables that are in place.

Is it possible to change where questions responses are saved to within a Google Sheet? The only thing I can see that is configurable is the Sheet where the responses are stored...


Unfortunately, this is not supported in Google Sheets. A common practice (workaround) is to QUERY the Form Response output into the separate sheet and then feed the formulas and pivot tables from there.

  • if you share a copy of that sheet I can craft you that QUERY formula you need – user0 Jun 4 '19 at 22:34
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    Thanks @user0, I can handle it from here - I'm surprised by the limitation but can work around it, thank you! – Catherine Pearce Jun 5 '19 at 13:59

i know this is an old post but this answer is for anyone else looking for the same solution to a similar problem quite recently.

Working directly on the actual google forms responses sheet is not advisable as google forms will overrite any preexisiting data and replace it with the form responses answers - be it text formulas or even cell formatting - theres a simple fix for this - do not work directly on that sheet - just bring that data to a new sheet & then your codes & formulas will work just fine be it scripting code or simple vlookup formulas to colatlate your data.

Heres a simple workaround solution:

I use a simple workaround to bypass the google form overwriting formatting & deleting formulas & other data on the form responses answer sheet on each new entry.

With this solution i will show you - you get two benifits

1) you can retain any cell formatting you want - this method allows you to do that conveniently

2) and most importantly you can use formulas safely without the fear of the formulas being deleted on each new form response entry - as you are aware google forms creates a new entry on the next available row irrespective if you already prefilled formulas in any other collumn or rows on that response sheet - thsi is especially usefull if your form collects numerical data that needs to be summed up etc. & needs to be used for pviots & charts in real time

the solution is simple - on a corresponding new sheet just use "=arrayformula" & refrence the whole form responses answer sheet data range.

What you get on your new sheet is the exact replication of your form responses data sheet that will autoupdate with each new form response & with the added benift of using unlimited formatting & unlimited formulas without the hassel of losing the same by google forms overwriting rows & deleting formatting & deleting formulas.

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