How to Create Forms in Microsoft Word

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Forms can be created in Microsoft Word by going to "View," selecting "Tools" and clicking on "Forms" to customize a form with blank spaces and drop-down menus. Create form documents in Word with a tutorial from a computer consultant in this free video on computer programs.

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Hi, this is Kyle Parker for Expert Village and I'm going to show you how to create forms in Microsoft Word. So the first thing you're going to want to do is open up Word and create a new document and this is a form is what I'm going to be creating, and so what you want to do is make sure you bring up the little menu here for forms. You can do that by going to view, tool bars, forms. And that will bring up this little tool bar here. So, in most forms what you're trying to create is something like I and then you're putting a little underline here, do agree to bring my blank to class tomorrow. And so you're wanting the person to fill in these blanks here. But usually if you were to send them this in a Word document they would fill out I, Kyle, and then you get this weird break and the underline space that moves everything over and messes up your formatting which can be a real big problem when you have a huge list document with a bunch of fields to fill in. So we don't want to do that. So what we're going to do is create a form here that will adjust to this document so that way it's already there and they can't change any other text and they can only fill in the fields that are available. So to create something so they can type in a field you're going to want to simply come up here to this and do text form field. And then you'll click that and then now this text form field will be here. And then say you wanted this to be a drop down menu so you only want to give them certain choices. So in here you'll bring - you'll go to drop down form creator and then just go here and double click on that and then you can add items to the drop down. So say you want it start off with the blanks, so just kind of create some little underlines there and that will be your first one, that'll just be a blank item. And then you could put in something like pen, pencil, backpack. And then you can call this whatever you'd like. I'll just leave it as drop down one. Now we have a little field here. If you want to check out what is in these fields, you can go to the lock here and then once you've clicked on the lock you can go down here and test out your field. So you can click on this and then fill it in, and then there you go. You have your document filled in properly, they can add whatever but they can't change anything outside of that field. And then once they click on this you can fill that in. And then whenever you undo your lock you can change these fields however you'd like, you can create another space to see how it would look. You can add an underline to that so that way whenever they go to fill it in, it will be underlined all the time so you can see what spot they had filled in. You could also create something else like a nice little table, let's do one four by four. And then you could have a multiple choice question or something, blue, black, green or purple. And then say you wanted them to select which one, so you could then add a little check mark box to each one of these and then they could then go ahead and check which color they like best.


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