How to Generate Document/PDF

General Introduction

Select a Mode

Tips to Set Up Your First Workflow

Mode 1: Create Approval Workflow Only

1.1 Add Static & Dynamic Recipients

1.2 Set Multi-level Workflow

1.3 Set Conditions for Recipient

1.4 Add Form Respondent

1.5 Request Response Edit

1.6 Check Tracking Report

1.7 Add & Use Recipient Group

Mode 2 & 3: Generate & Send PDF/document only

2.1 How to generate PDF/document

2.2 Common file template errors

2.3 Send PDF/documents to recipients

2.4 Send PDF/documents to respondents

Mode 4: Combine All Modes

3.1 Combine Modes – Setup File Template

3.2 Combine Modes – Add recipients

Email Settings & Features:

4.1 Options for Sending Final Email

4.2 Enable/Disable Sheets Report on Final Email

4.3 Show File Attachment Link On Emails

4.4 Resend Email to Recipient & Edit Recipient Email

4.5 Customize Email Template

4.6 Dynamic Fields of Custom Email Template

Team Plan:

5.1 Add/Remove Users 

5.2 Share Edit Permission

Additional Features: 

6.1 Set Reminder & Auto Approve/Reject

6.2 Resend All Pending Requests

6.3 Manage Forms in Dashboard

6.4 Unique Request Number

6.5 Approval Link Authentication

6.6 Transfer Forms Data

6.7 Transfer Paid Plan To Other User

6.8 Avoid Automatic Approval/Rejection

6.9 Sign a Request

Quotas & Billing

Refund Policy

Understand how to generate document/PDF every time a request is submitted.

Table of Content:

  • Step 1: Go to “Generate document/PDF only” mode
  • Step 2: Create a Google Docs template
  • Step 3: Select Google Docs template on the add-on​

Step 1: Go to “Generate document/PDF only” mode

In Configuration menu, by default, you will see ‘Create approval workflow’ mode.

To switch to another mode, click ‘Mode: Create Approval Workflow’. The image below is an example.

Next, you will see ‘Select a Mode’ section where you can select the mode you want to use. In this case, let’s select ‘Generate document/PDF‘. 

After that, the Configuration menu will shift to ‘Generate document/PDF‘ where you can start setting up this flow.

Step 2: Create a Google Docs template

Supposed that you have already set up questions on your Google Forms (you should do it now if you haven’t), it’s time to create a Google Docs template.

Go to Google Docs and start a new document:

Every Google Docs template has 2 types of fields: Standard Fields and Matching Question Fields.

Standard Fields include 3 default fields: <<Form Name>>, <<Request Number>>, and <<Timestamp>>.

  • <<Form Name>> is the name of your Google Forms (e.g. Leave Request).
  • <<Request Number>> is the number of a request.
  • <<Timestamp>> is the date & time when a request is sent.
Matching Question Fields are the respondent’s answers to their respective questions on your Google Forms.
For example, we have a Google Form named ‘Leave Request’ with questions like below:

As you can see, there are 4 questions in this form: Employee’s Name, Reason to Leave, Start Date, and End Date.

This means you have 4 respective Matching Question Fields: <<Employee’s Name>>, <<Reason to Leave>>, <<Start Date>>, and <<End Date>>.

Now, let’s add these fields to our Google Docs template:

Step 3: Select Google Docs template on the add-on

After adding fields to your Google Docs template, return to your Google Form. Then, click on “Select template” to open a Google popup where you can select your Google Docs template.

In this case, we select a template called ‘PerformFlow Template’.

Now, you should check the “Document Fields” section to make sure all Matching Question Fields on your Google Docs template matches your questions on Google Forms.

If both Standard Field section and Matching Question Field are checked with a green check-mark, it means your template is now ready to be generated.

Finally, you can scroll down to the bottom to Document Naming section where you can set the file naming rule. You can use Standard Field including <<Form Name>><<Request Number>>, and <<Timestamp>> to name your file (e.g. <<Form Name>> #<<Request Number>>). Check out this video for more details on naming document:

When you finished configuration, click Save then try submiting a test request. Open your Google Drive and wait for a few seconds, you will see new Google Docs document and PDF file generated:

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