Used primarily as a word-processing tool in home and office environments, Microsoft Word 2007 has a variety of text- and image-editing tools. One other feature is the forms tools that are available. You may choose from text boxes, drop-down menus and other forms tools to create interactive forms to be distributed and used to collect data. By using the editing features in Word 2007, you can limit the amount of text that others may enter in form fields.
Click once in an area of the Word document to which you want to add a form field. Click the "Developer" tab, and find the "Controls" section. Click the "Text Box Tool" button.
Click the "Properties" button in the "Controls" section. This action will open a separate window.
Type the number of character to which you want to limit the text field in the "Maximum Length" box. You can also use the up and down arrows to the right of the box. The number of characters may be set anywhere from "1" to "Unlimited." Click the "OK" button.
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