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Creating compound questions
A compound groups a number of questions that share a category list. Compounds are typically used in paper questionnaires, to present a number of separate questions that use the same response list side-by-side on the page.
Questions inside the compound should always be empty.
A compound question must have responses in order to properly function.
Creating a new compound
1 From the menu, click Insert > Question > Compound, or press Alt+I, Q, C.
2 Create the questions, and the associated responses, that you want to add to the compound.
3 Select the questions in the Routings or Questions pane by using Shift+click or Ctrl+click.
4 Drag the selected questions into the new compound.
Adding questions to a new compound clears the question category lists. Even though questions can share the same responses, they should be added to the compound question if there are no shared responses already defined for the compound. UNICOM Intelligence Author clears the question elements when they are moved or grouped into a compound.
5 The compound has an automatically generated name (see Automatically generated names). You can change it to a more meaningful name.
6 (Optional.) Type a compound description in the field under Name. The description displays at the top of the page.
Grouping questions in a compound
1 Use Shift+click in the Routings or Questions pane to select all the questions you want to group.
2 Click Group > Group In > Compound, or press Alt+G, G, C.
A new Compound item appears in the Routings pane, and the selected questions are moved into the compound.
The compound has an automatically generated name. You can change it to a more meaningful name. See Automatically generated names.
3 (Optional.) Type a compound description in the field under Name. The description will display at the top of the page.
Specifying additional question details in the Properties pane
See Specifying additional question details in the Properties pane.
See also
Question type overview