This is more of a Google Sheets question than a Forms question.
I want to receive form responses from checkbox questions (which unfortunately cannot be separated into separate rows) and flip the data so that responses start their own row on a separate tab. Here is my basic spreadsheet.

The first tab is the form data I would collect (checkbox answers). Basically, it illustrates who needs to complete what assignment (if names need to be separated I can remove the commas from within the names, eg: Clinton Bill).

The second tab is what I'd like to have happen, with a list and the assignment they need to complete (preferably one per row if there are duplicates). enter image description here


see cell E2 on your second tab where I entered:

=sort(ArrayFormula( {transpose(split(regexreplace(join(";", 'Form Responses'!C2:C), "(\w+),\s(\w+),\s", "$1, $2;"),";")),transpose(split(join("/", rept('Form Responses'!A2:A&"/", if(len('Form Responses'!C2:C), (len('Form Responses'!C2:C)-len(substitute('Form Responses'!C2:C, ",",""))+1)/2,)) ),"/"))}),1,1)

See if that helps ?

  • damn! that is AWESOME! thank you so much. i still have to nail down some other specifics but that might do it. – Bardo Oct 11 '15 at 17:32
  • Thank you, I will! Can I trouble you for one last bit of help. I have added some secondary data that accompanies each entry, which will simply need to be copied over. How do I that data over into the table you've created? – Bardo Oct 12 '15 at 12:50
  • Sure, take a look at cell G2 where you will find an amended formula that also 'copies' the extra data. If wanted the columns can be re-ordered. – JPV Oct 12 '15 at 13:30
  • Looks great, exactly what I needed. I'm trying to compare your original code with the new so I can carry over more than two columns if the need arises. I see you did a VLOOKUP with the following language at the end: 'Form Responses'!A2:C, {1, 2, 3}, 0). What will I need to adjust if I had four columns to carry over instead of just two? Thanks again- – Bardo Oct 12 '15 at 14:13
  • {1, 2, 3} are the columns that are returned: the first one up untill the third one. ;-) – JPV Oct 12 '15 at 16:11

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