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How To Create a Fillable Form in Word | Productivity

Word has tools that let you create a form that can be completed on your computer without the need for online solutions, such as Google Forms or Microsoft Forms. By enabling developer functions in the program, the user can create tables with buttons and selectors that help create smart padding fields that work even when the rest of the content is locked for editing. Here's how to create a fillable Word document on PC.

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Step 1. Open Word, and before creating a document, click Options on the side menu.

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Access the option menu of Word Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 2. On the Customize Ribbon menu, check the box next to Developer and click Ok.

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Activate the developer menu Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 3. Open a new Word file and create a table with as many rows as your form requires. Be sure to include title lines, section names, and padding fields.

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Create a table to start building your form Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 4. Then fill in the table with the title, section names and multiple choice item names that should compose the form. For now, I don't have to worry about the layout or look of the form.

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Fill in the table with the form data Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 5. The Developer tab enabled in Word options contains the elements necessary to turn the table into a fillable form. To add a check box, position the cursor beside the item description and click the corresponding option on the Controls menu. Add as many boxes as you need.

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Add checkboxes to form Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 6. Use Design Mode to adjust the spacing between items in a fill field manually.

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Use Design Mode to adjust spacing Photo: Playback / Paulo Alves

Step 7. Another interesting control is the Date Picker, which allows you to add a calendar within the form. Keep Design Mode active to customize the field names.

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Add a calendar to the form Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 8. Word also offers a list option, which allows you to include several selectable items in a single field. When adding a control of type, click Properties to customize the list.

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Add a list of options to the form Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 9. In the Drop-Down List Properties section, click Add to add new list items. The Value field is not required. D Ok to finish the list.

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Add items to a list of form Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 10. After adding information to the form, use the Word Imaging tool to place a cover photo in the document and customize the table colors in the design menu.

Choose one of the Word templates to change the look of the form. Photo: Reproduction / Paulo AlvesChoose one of the Word templates to change the look of the form. Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Choose one of the Word templates to change the look of the form. Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 11. Disable Design Mode to test if the form is working the way you want. If all is correct, proceed with document restriction to prevent edits. Go to the Review menu and click Restrict Edit. In the right pane, select Filling forms, and click Yes, apply protection.

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Protect the document by allowing only filling Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 12. By the end, your form will be ready to fill in with others.

Locked form only allows filling Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Locked form only allows filling Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves