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Chapter 25. Creating Forms > Setting Tab Order for Your Form Fields

Setting Tab Order for Your Form Fields

Word enables you to control the tab order of the fields in your form, making it easier for users to navigate through your form—and making them more productive. By default, tab order follows the placement of form fields on the page, starting with the form field closest to the top left of the page. From there, tabbing continues from left to right and down.

However, this may not be the best order for your form. For example, you may want users to answer all questions in a square area of the form before they answer questions to the right. Also, form fields in frames may not tab in exactly the order you desire. You can force Word to go where you want by using the On Exit Macro function. To build the macro you need to know the bookmark name of the form field to which you are tabbing. Double-click the form field and note the name in the Bookmark text box. Then choose Tools, Macro, Macros, and select Create. Be sure to put the macro in the form template on which you are working. In the Visual Basic editor, type


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