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Summary

In this hour, you just scratched the surface of Word's forms. If you are not interested in writing VBA macros, you will probably never delve any deeper into this feature. However, if you know VBA or are planning on studying it, you might want to keep poking around the forms feature to learn more. Furthermore, knowing a little about what advanced forms can do for you will also be helpful if you work with programmers in the future. Here are just a few of the possibilities:

  • You can create forms that populate fields with information retrieved from a database or store user input into a database.

  • You can validate input data to make sure it has been entered correctly and corresponds to data in your database.

  • You can create forms that have a far broader range of input controls, including option buttons, list boxes, and so on.

  • You can also use forms to create interactive documents. For example, you might create a vacation request form that contains a calendar showing dates that would conflict with vacations already approved for other coworkers.


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