How to Move Applications to Trash

If you wish to store applications within your SurveyMonkey Apply site for future reporting, you may do so by either archiving or deleting these applications. This article discusses how to safely move your applications to Trash within your site.

The key difference between the two options is mainly for organizational purposes. In most cases, Archived Applications refer to applications that have gone through the most if not all of the application process in a previous year or cycle. They allow you to organize that those applications were real applications that passed through your process. Trashed Applications, however, are typically applications that are incomplete, or were used for testing.

Applications are most commonly moved to trash when:

  • The application was created in error
  • To separate test applications from your live data
  • The applicant did not complete the application after it was created

Moving an application to trash will store unnecessary applications within a trashed folder helping you to separate test applications and applications made in error from your active applications.

To trash an application from Manage Applications:

  1. Go to Manage Applications.
  2. Select applications to move to trash.
  3. Select More.
  4. Select Move to Trash.

If an application is moved to trash in error the action can be reverted. See Restoring Trashed Applications below for steps to recover these applications.

Aggregate and filter through all archived or trashed applications to find information or restore applications to an active status.

To view all trashed applications:

  1. Go to Manage Applications
  2. Update the filter drop-down menu to Trashed applications.
  3. To see material within the trashed application, select the application title to enter the administrator application view.

If an application is moved to the trash in error, the application can be reactivated ultimately reverting the error.

To restore a trashed application:

  1. Go to Manage Applications.
  2. Access your trashed applications from the status filter drop-down menu.
  3. Select applications that need their status reverted.
  4. Select More.
  5. Select Restore.

Applications can only be permanently deleted from a site if they are first marked as trash. For this reason, the action of permanently deleting an application can only be carried out from the trashed applications page within Manage Applications.

To permanently delete an application:

  1. Go to Manage Applications.
  2. Access your trashed applications from the status filter drop-down menu.
  3. Select the applications that need to be permanently deleted.
  4. Select More.
  5. Select Delete Permanently.
  6. You will be provided with the warning "Are you sure you want to permanently delete the selected applications?"
  7. Click YES to confirm your deletion.

Changes to your workflow may affect archived and trashed applications. For example, if you delete a question from a form, the answers to that question will be deleted from all applications using that form. This would include all active and inactive applications (archived, trashed, and withdrawn). Additionally, when a task is deleted from your workflow, the information captured by that task will also be deleted from any archived or trashed applications. For more information, you can also refer to How to Safely Make Changes to a Live Form which details the cautions of what editing a form can due to your existing data.