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Creating a Basic Form

Forms enable you to create interactive documents that call for more information from readers. You can create a fill-in-the-blanks form, with text boxes, check boxes, and drop-down lists. You can create tables for your forms and use all standard Word elements, such as borders, shading, columns, background designs, graphics, and more.

Word Forms vs. InfoPath—Which Is for You?

People use Word forms for all kinds of data collection needs. Whether you create an invoice, a data list, a travel log, or an expense listing, you can either save the form as a Word document and update it as needed or print the form and fill it in by hand. Either way, the Word form gives you a uniform way to collect the information you need.

Along with the introduction of the Microsoft Office System came a new program called Microsoft InfoPath. InfoPath is a sophisticated form-generation program that enables users to create custom forms that save data in XML format so that it can easily be added to a database, used in other applications, or shared with others without regard to the specific software they are using. InfoPath is intended for those users and businesses who rely heavily on form technologies to carry out their day-to-day work. If you use forms only occasionally (or generally print your forms, as opposed to saving them electronically), Word’s form features are probably enough for your needs.



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