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MS Word 2010 - Fill-in Forms

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mouseopenarms2Creating fill-in forms

When gathering or storing information, this can be done by producing fill-in forms within Word, rather than simply creating printed documents that are completed by hand.

With fill-in forms, the information is entered directly into the document, which can then be saved electronically and/or printed.

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Before creating a fill-in form, first the Developer ribbon tab needs to be displayed.

  1. Click the File ribbon tab.
  2. Select Options.
  3. Choose the Customize Ribbon.
  4. Select the Developer tab.


  5. Click OK.

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Creating a fill-in form:

  1. Within the document, place the cursor where the first form control is to be inserted.
  2. Select the Developer ribbon tab.
  3. Choose the control item (within the Controls group) required.


  4. Continue adding control items.

An example of a control item is the combo box which will allow the user to select from a drop-down list of choices, or the date picker which offers a calendar of dates.



When creating a form, simply adding control fields is often not the end of the story. A number of the fields, such as combo boxes, need further editing and formatting to give them full functionality.

To learn how to do this, see the lesson on Editing and formatting fill-in form fields.

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