How To Create Editable Forms In Word 2010
Learning how to create editable forms in Word 2010 can be a huge pain if you don’t know what you’re doing. There are some new changes to Word that occurred in the 2007 update that can really help you to create editable forms. The best way to do this is to insert tables that you customize to your specific form needs. It can seem daunting at first, but it’s actually very easy to do once you get the hang of it.
In order to create editable forms in Word 2010, you will need:
- Your form contents and organization structure
- Word 2010
- Developer tools open on your tool bar
In order to create editable forms in Word 2010, you will need to:
- Figure out what you need on your form. This will obviously depend on your needs and can be edited later. It’s a good idea to sketch out what you need your form to include first. This can help you organize your ideas and make sure that you don’t miss anything. It’s easy to just jot down ideas on scratch paper before you get started.
- Create a new document and save it. This seems like an obvious step, but sometimes, old templates and fonts will be stored, so go ahead and start off with a brand new document. Click the Word icon for the drop down menu and select “new.” Under the type, simply click “document.”
- Click the insert tab located at the top of the tool bar. Insert a new table depending on your needs. A table can have as many boxes as you would like or need depending on your particular form. Luckily, when you select the table box an example of the table you have selected will appear below. If you want to make changes, simply hit the “undo” arrow located at the top right.
- In order to further customize the fields, use the developer tools. These tools are also located at the top under Developer > Controls> Design Mode. With this feature, we can add custom values that other form users can quickly use. You could add custom values like dates, quality rating or any other information you need. This enables another form user to simply select from the custom values you have already selected. A drop down menu will appear with your custom data. For example, you could select date ranges or specific dates to choose from. This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to use the new editable form options in Word 2010.