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Chapter 10. Creating Forms > Setting Up a Form

Setting Up a Form

To create a form, you type all the information that does not change from one form to the next, and you insert form fields for all the information supplied by users. In Word, you can insert several types of form fields, as follows:


  • Text form fields include six types:

    • Regular text fields can accept any combination of keyboard characters, including letters, numbers, or symbols. This text field is useful for comments and short text answers.

    • Number fields accept only numeric values, making them appropriate for a quantity or price field on an order form.

    • Date fields enable users to type a date in a specified format, such as 12/21/2004.

    • Current date fields instruct Word to enter the current date maintained by your computer.

    • Current time fields instruct Word to enter the current system time.

    • Calculation fields perform a calculation based on the formula and values you supply, such as totaling the values in specified number fields.

  • Check-box form fields enable you to provide options that users can select. Users can select all, some, or none of the options. Check boxes are also good for true/false and yes/no responses.

  • Drop-down form fields enable you to limit users’ responses to one of several predefined options. You specify all the possible options, and users choose one, ensuring that they enter consistent and accurate information.


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