How do I Create Fillable Forms in Microsoft Word?

By Shreya Mehta

Microsoft Word allows users to create various types of documents, including forms. Fillable forms can easily be created using the Developers toolbar in Microsoft Word 2007. Check boxes, text fields, and drop down menus can be inserted using the buttons in the toolbar. The properties of each field can be edited by double clicking on the object. Creating fillable forms in Microsoft Word using the graphical interface is relatively simple and quick.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word 2007

Step 1

Click on the "Office" button and select "Word Options". Click on the "Popular" category and ensure that "Show Developer tab in the Ribbon" is checked off.

Step 2

Go to the "Developer" tab in the toolbar. Click on the "Legacy Tools" button.

Step 3

Select the object you would like to insert such as check boxes, drop down list, or text fields. Once the field has been inserted, double click on it to adjust the properties. For example, if you double click on a check box, you can edit the size, specify if the default should be checked or not checked, and add help text. Complete the rest of the form.

Step 4

Prepare the form to be filled out by clicking on "Protect Document" in the Developer toolbar. Select "Restrict Formatting and Editing". In the "Restrict Formatting and Editing" window, check off "Allow only this type of editing in the document" and select "Filling in forms" in the drop down menu. Click on the "Yes, Start Enforcng Protection" button. Choose a password to protect the document and click OK.

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