Navigation Buttons

Respondents can use these buttons to navigate through a survey.

NextEnd of each page (except last page)Saves the responses for that page in the Analyze Results section and proceeds to the next page in the survey.
PreviousEnd of each page (except first page)Allows the respondent to go back to the previous page to review or edit their response.
DoneEnd of the last page of the surveySubmits the survey and saves the response as Complete in the Analyze Results section.
Exit LinkUpper-right corner of every pageAllows respondents to exit the survey without saving the responses entered on the current page.
Why are there two Done buttons? If you have a Custom Thank You turned on in the collector options, the page will have an additional Done button on it. There is no way to make these two buttons have different text.

Customizing Buttons

Button Text

The font of the navigation buttons in your survey matches the Font setting, which you can change in the Typography section of your theme. Changing the font in your theme will apply to all the text in your survey.

You can also customize the text on the buttons.

To edit the text on the Previous, Next, or Done buttons:

  1. Click the Design Survey tab.
  2. In the live survey preview on the right side of the page, click any Prev, Next, or Done button. Or click the Exit Survey link (located to the right of the survey title).
  3. Enter the preferred text.
  4. Click Save.

Button Colors

The background and font colors of the Next button match the Survey Title Background and Survey Title settings, which you can change in the Colors section of your custom theme. However, if you're using the Sea Foam or Autumn theme, you can't change the button color. Learn more: Themes

You may have a version of the survey page where both navigation buttons are gray regardless of theme colors. This is the classic version of the survey page and at this time there's no way to change these colors.

Showing or Hiding Buttons

Exit Link

To show or hide the Exit Link:

  1. Click the Design Survey tab.
  2. Click OPTIONS in the left sidebar.
  3. Click Exit Link to toggle the setting.

Previous Button

You can turn on or off Response Editing to allow or prevent respondents from editing their responses on previous pages. This setting controls whether or not the Previous button is available at the bottom of each page in your survey.

  • To hide the Previous button, turn off Response Editing—don't allow respondents to go back and change existing responses. If you choose to hide the Previous button, you'll still see it when previewing your survey design. Collector options aren't active when using a preview link.
  • To show the Previous button, turn on Response Editing—allow respondents to go back to previous pages in the survey and update existing responses.
TIP! If you buy survey responses using SurveyMonkey Audience, we remove the Previous button from the survey, so it's not possible for respondents to go back to previous pages to edit their responses.

Browser Navigation Buttons

Respondents should not use browser navigation buttons to move through the survey.

If a respondent clicks their web browser's Back button instead of the survey's Previous button, they can't change or save their responses on the previous page. Respondents may see a cached version of the previous page that won't accept new responses, or they may be prompted with a form resubmission error.


If you change the survey language, the default navigation button text will automatically change to match that language.

Responses are saved when a respondent clicks Next or Done. You can edit the text of the navigation buttons and remove the Exit Survey option.

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