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It just got a bit easier to share Microsoft Forms on the web

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Forms now has an option to share shortened links.
  • The standard links for sharing Microsoft forms can be quite lengthy.
  • You can choose to use shortened or standard links to share Microsoft Forms.

Microsoft Forms now has an option to share forms with shortened URLs. The feature is rolling out gradually and had reached 50% of people as of March 16, 2021. The feature was initially requested back in 2016, so there are likely some people excited to see it finally roll out.

The standard links that Microsoft Forms generates can be quite lengthy. I use forms frequently, and pasting in one of the automatically generated links often looks like a gigantic block of text. The shortened links are just a bit easier on the eyes.

Microsoft 365 consultant Michel Mendes recently shared a screenshot of the option on Twitter (via OnMSFT).

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A UserVoice forum has an update on the progress of the feature:

We hope you know how important your voice is to us. We are excited to share that SHORT URL is now rolling out. It hit 50% customers already and will gradually ship to all worldwide users very soon.

Some people don't like using link shorteners. The reasoning being that someone might shorten a link to a malicious site while making it look mundane. If you prefer to use standard links from Microsoft Forms, that's still an option.

OnMSFT points out that this feature isn't available for GCC, GCC High, and DoD customers at the moment. It also doesn't work with personal Microsoft accounts right now. We'll have to wait to see if this changes in the future.

Sean Endicott
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2 Comments
  • Small but super useful change! I like to put links on PowerPoints for my students (but they're not clickable since they're watching them in real time) along with a QR code. This will help a lot!
  • Mmmmmm.... "Microsoft Froms"....