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This article will tell you how you can create an effective form in Word 2010.
Helpful tips for creating an effective form.
Here are some important tips on how to create an effective form:
What is the difference between designing a form to be filled out online and a form to be printed?
You can create a form in Microsoft Word by starting with a template and adding content controls, including check boxes, text boxes, date pickers, and drop-down lists. Other people can use Word to fill out the form on their computer. In an advanced scenario, any content controls that you add to a form can also be linked to data.
You can also create a form by starting with a template. Many form templates are available on the Office.com Web site.
Note: You can print a form that was created by using content controls, but the boxes around the content controls will not be printed.
For more information about online forms and forms to be printed see: Create forms that users complete or print in Word
Creating a drop-down list in an online form
In a combo box, users can select from a list of choices that you provide or they can type in their own information. In a drop-down list, users can only select from the list of choices.
For more information see Create forms that users complete or print in Word
Using Content Controls to create better forms
What are Content Controls?
Content controls provide a UI that is optimized for both user input and print. When you add a content control to a document, the control is identified by a border, a title, and temporary text that can provide instructions to the user. The border and the title of the control do not appear in printed versions of the document.
For example, if you want the user to enter a date in a section of your document, you can add a date picker content control to the document. When users click the control, the standard date picker UI appears. You can also set properties of the control to set the regional calendar that is displayed and to specify the date format. After the user chooses a date, the UI of the control is hidden, and only the date appears if the user prints the document.
Content controls also help you do the following:
Create forms that users complete or print in Word
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