How to Create Forms in Office Word 2008

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To create forms in Office Word 2008, you use the Forms toolbar. This toolbar contains options for making three basic types of forms: text forms, check-box forms and drop-down forms. If you're creating a form that requires a typed answer -- for example, one that asks for a name and has a field to fill in -- use a text form. If your form requires choosing among multiple options, choose a check-box form. The drop-down form features a menu that pulls down to reveal its list of options. You can also incorporate all three form types into one long document.

  • Start Microsoft Office Word 2008.

  • Click "View" in the menu bar.

  • Place your cursor over "Toolbars" to open a submenu.

  • Click "Forms" to open the floating Forms toolbar. This toolbar contains all of the options necessary to create forms in Office Word 2008 documents.

  • Position your cursor in the desired spot to create a text box for your form. Click the "Text Form Field." Double-click the text form box to modify options such as the text type and length.

  • Click the "Check Box Form Field" to create a check box for your form. Double-click the check box to modify its size and option options.

  • Click the "Drop-down Form Field" icon to insert a drop-down menu. Double-click the menu to add help text and items to the form.

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