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2 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Figure 15-9. The Forms toolbar Now that I've decided to create a form, the first step is to open the Forms toolbar (Figure 15-9). Right-click on any toolbar and click Forms to do this. Here's a brief rundown on the Forms toolbar: 1. Text Form Field. Insert a standard text box field where users can enter text. 2. Checkbox Form Field. Insert a checkbox that users can select or clear. 3. Drop-down Form Field. Insert a drop-down list that users can choose elements from. 4. Form Field Options. Open the Properties dialog for a selected field. 5. Draw Table. Use the table drawing tool as described in Chapter 10. 6. Insert Table. Insert a table with regular columns and rows as described in Chapter 10. 7. Insert Frame. Insert a frame around a selection so that you can position it more precisely on the page. See Chapter 7 for the lowdown on using framed objects. 8. Form Field Shading. This option toggles the field shading for all of the fields in a form. 9. Protect Form. When selected, only the data fields in a form can be modified. No other element of the document may be edited. Fields and Forms Using Form Fields Now that you've seen the table, heard the reasons for making a form, and looked at the Forms toolbar, it's time to create the form. First, I'm going to insert a number of fields into the form. It is important to remember that form fields are not the same as the regular fields used in Word. Form fields are available only within the context of a form. Insert a text field by placing the insertion point and clicking the Text Form Field button on the Forms toolbar. I'm putting text fields in all of the areas except for the Item column. Using Forms | 371