Create a Quick Poll in Outlook

Create a Quick Poll in Outlook

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With Microsoft Forms Quick Poll, you can create an instant, real time poll in seconds within an email message.

Who can use the Quick Poll Add-in?

Outlook users who sign in with a work or school account can use the Add-in.

With what versions of Outlook can I use the Quick Poll Add-in?

You can use the Add-in within the following Outlook clients with API set 1.6 or above:

  • Outlook 2016 and above for Windows

  • Outlook 2016 and above for Mac

  • Outlook Web App

Get the Quick Poll Add-in

To create a Quick Poll, you'll need to first install the Add-in. In Outlook on the Home tab, click Get Add-ins, and then search for Quick Poll. Learn more about how to get an Office Add-in for Outlook.

Create a Quick Poll

  1. In a new email message, go to the Message tab, and then click Create a poll.

    Note: If you're not yet signed in, click Sign in and enter your account details.

  2. The Quick Poll pane opens and is ready for you to type your first question and two options.

  3. To add additional options, click + Add option.

  4. When you're done adding options, you can decide if you want responders to only select a single answer or multiple answers. If you want to allow multiple answers, toggle the Multiple answers button to the right so that it turns green.

  5. Click Insert.

You'll see a link to your poll in the body of the email and your name prepopulated in the CC line. You're now ready to send your poll in email.

How voting works

  • Recipients with Outlook versions that support Office 365 Connectors can vote directly in their email message. Learn more about accessing Office 365 Connectors from Outlook.

  • Recipients with Outlook versions that don't support Office 365 Connectors will see a link in email that will direct them to vote in a browser.

Why can't my recipients see the poll in their email message?

There are a few reasons why recipients may not see the poll in their email message and, instead, receive a link to the poll, which will direct them to vote in a browser.

  • Your recipient accesses their email (that contains the poll) on a mobile device.

  • Your poll may be too lengthy (e.g., title is too long or there are too many options).

  • You're signed in with your Microsoft work or school account and sent your poll to people outside of your organization.

Note: Even if your recipients have Outlook versions that support Office 365 Connectors, they may not be able to vote directly in their email message for any of the reasons listed above.

Check your poll results

You can see aggregated results in the voting card that is in the body of the email. Click Refresh to see the most updated results or click View in Forms to see results on forms.office.com. Similarly, you can click on the poll link in the body of the email to track more detailed results on forms.office.com.

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