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Chapter 31. Working with Field Codes and... > Adding Help Messages to Forms

Adding Help Messages to Forms

If you think the users of your form will need help knowing how to enter the information you seek, you can create customized help messages to guide them along the way. To add help messages to your form, follow these steps:

1.
Open the form template you want to use.

2.
If necessary, click Protect Form on the Forms toolbar to unlock protection.

3.
Double-click the form field you want to use. The Form Field Options dialog box for that field type appears (the text, check box, and drop-down form fields all have different Form Field Options dialog boxes).

4.
In the displayed dialog box, click Add Help Text. The Form Field Help Text dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 31-15.

Figure 31-15. You can easily add your own help information to a form to show users how to enter information.


5.
Choose your option as follows:

  • To display Help text in the status bar, click the Status Bar tab. Click in the text box, and type the text you want to appear in the status bar at the bottom of the Word window. Click OK to return to the form.

  • To show Help in a message box when the user presses F1, click the Help Key (F1) tab. Type the text you want to display in a help window when the user presses F1. Click OK to return to the form.

6.
Click Protect Form on the Forms toolbar to enable form protection.


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