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Magic Import

About Magic Import

Netigate’s Magic Import feature allows you to easily and quickly paste your survey questions from elsewhere (e.g. a Word document or an older survey) to automatically create a new survey in Netigate.

Magic Import has the power to control and manage how imported questionnaires will be designed in terms of header, description, question mechanisms and response options, making it a valuable tool to get to grips with.

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First things first: the Magic Import feature divides the whole imported text into different blocks. To create another block you need to add a double row break (i.e. click your ‘enter’ key twice). A block contains either a question header along with a possible question description or a question mechanism consisting of the mechanism title and answer set.

The first block – Question

The first block of text creates a question title and a question description, if it contains a maximum of two rows. If the first block contains only one row, it creates a question title. If it contains two rows, the first row creates the question title and the second row creates the question description.

All other blocks – Question Mechanism

All other blocks are automatically converted to question mechanisms, with the exception being if the first row of the block starts with with [Q], read more below.

If there is only one row in the second block, it creates a question mechanism with a textbox, i.e. an open text answer.

If there is more than one row in this second block, it creates a question mechanism with radio buttons as default, with the possibility to easily change the radio buttons to a drop down or a multiple choice question. The first row in this block becomes the mechanism title and the other rows become the answer set. If the question contains more than five alternatives in the answer set it changes the question mechanism to a drop down menu instead.

If the last row in the block ends with a “:” and one of three mechanisms is activated (radio button, multiple choice mechanism or drop down), then it creates a connect-to-textbox, which means that the last option in the answer set is a free text answer that solicits additional information from respondents who answer ‘Other’ as an answer.

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Matrix Question

To create a matrix:

If the second row in the block contains tabs instead of line breaks between the alternatives, for instance: 1                2                3                4                5

And row 3 and further includes options such as car, boat, cycle, then it forms a matrix where you have to grade the alternatives car, boat and cycle from 1-5.


If you add a double row break (i.e. clicking your ‘enter’ key twice) and start the first row with [Q] it creates a new question on a new page with a question header . If you have two rows in this block it also adds the second row as a question description.

By clicking Click here to add Question Break you can create a break between the question mechanisms and place the different question mechanisms, including mechanism title and answer sets, on separate pages in the questionnaire.

You can download our Magic Import sample template here.