How to Create a Fill in the Blank Document on Word Without the Underline Moving When You Type

By Aaron Wein

Attempting to manually add a fill-in-the-blank form into a Word document can be a frustrating process. If you use the underscore to create the form, the underline moves when typing, messing up the document's formatting. Instead, use Word's built-in form menu to create professional fill-in-the-blank fields that do not require any care after insertion. Once added, the person filling in the field clicks the form and begins typing without fear of the underscore train wrecking the document.

Step 1

Open the document you want to create fill-in-the-blank forms for.

Step 2

Click "File" in Word and then click "Word Options." A window opens.

Step 3

Click "Customize Ribbon" on the left side of the window.

Step 4

Click the box next to "Developer" in the right column to place a check and enable the tab. This tab includes the toolbar to insert fill-in-the-blank forms.

Step 5

Click "OK."

Step 6

Place your cursor where you want to insert a fill-in-the-blank field.

Step 7

Click the "Developer" tab, which now appears above the Ribbon.

Step 8

Click the blue "Aa" button in the Ribbon to insert the fill-in-the-blank box.

Tips & Warnings

  • Right-click a form and click "Properties" to change the forms settings, such as font and color. Prevent someone from rearranging your fill-in-the-blank document. Select the entire document by pressing "Ctrl" and "A" simultaneously and click the "Developer" Tab. Click "Group" in the Ribbon and click "Group" from the drop-down menu.