Activate a poll or survey to begin accepting responses.

When you activate a poll activity that allows web responses, the system will publish the poll or survey to your response page (i.e., so participants can submit their answers. When you activate a multiple choice or open ended poll using Presenter Session, the poll will also begin accepting responses via text messages depending on your response settings.

Paid feature: Presenters on certain paid plans can customize the username that appears on their response page.

Activating a poll activity slide

To activate a poll embedded in a presentation slide, present the slide in Slideshow Mode, as usual. Or, you can select the poll from the My Polls page by clicking the title. Then click the Activate icon.

Activating a poll from the poll slide

You can activate a survey the same way. Present the survey slide fullscreen, in Slideshow Mode. Or find the title of your survey on your My Polls page, then click the Activate icon.

Activating a Survey from the survey slide

Only one poll or survey in your account can be activated at a time. This is how the system identifies which poll or survey you're presenting, so it knows where to send the responses associated with your question. The activity slide displayed in fullscreen mode will be the active one. The next poll or survey will automatically activate as you advance through your slides. Read more in the section about presenting on the web.

You can toggle activation off by clicking the activation icon on an active poll or survey. Exiting out of fullscreen mode will not automatically deactivate the activity.

Tip: The slide tools might fade to the background of the slide when you are in fullscreen mode. You can always access the Activation or Fullscreen icon by hovering your mouse over the upper right side of the activity slide.

Activating an activity from your My Polls page

To activate a poll or survey from the My Polls page, click the Activate icon located to the right side of the poll's title bar. You will see the active poll or survey highlighted in green on your My Polls page.

Activating a poll on My Polls

A survey can be activated in the same way from the My Polls page. Activating a survey will show the survey and all of the polls within it highlighted in green on your My Polls page.

Activating a Survey on My Polls


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