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Chapter 25. Creating Forms > When to Use Word, When to Use Another Tool

When to Use Word, When to Use Another Tool

As you'll discover, building a printed or electronic form in Word 2000 is relatively easy. However, there may be times when it makes more sense to use another tool:

  • Forms built in Word can perform calculations, but if your forms require extensive, complex calculations that go far beyond simple arithmetic, consider building them in Microsoft Excel rather than Word.

  • Forms built in Word can transfer their data to a database such as Microsoft Access, but if integrating the information in your forms into a database is your central goal, consider building the forms in Access rather than Word.

  • If the users who will fill out your online forms do not have access to Microsoft Word or Office, consider creating Web-based forms that can be accessed from a browser (see Chapter 11, "Adding Interactivity with Hyperlinks and Web Forms"). Alternatively, consider using a traditional forms program such as FormTool 97 or FormFlow.


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