How to Create a Scale of 1 to 10 in Microsoft Word

By David Weedmark

Create a 10-point scale in Word 2013 using a basic table or by inserting radio buttons into the document.

Ten-point scales are commonly used in surveys or any other form where you want people's feedback. To create your own 10-point scale in Word 2013, use a table. You can format the table so that it simply explains your 10-point scale, or you can use radio buttons -- called Option Buttons in Word -- so that people can click on the number they want.

Creating a Ten-Point Scale Table

Step 1

Type a question that requires a 10-point scale answer and then place the cursor where you want the scale to appear. Click the Insert menu and then the Table icon. Drag the cursor over the cells to create a table 10 cells wide and two cells high.

Step 2

Insert the numbers 1 through 10 in the first row.

Type the numbers 1 through 10 in the top row of the table. Highlight the cells and select the Center Alignment icon from the Home ribbon.

Step 3

Merge the first two and last two cells of the bottom row.

Highlight the first two cells in the bottom row. Click the Table Tools' Layout tab and then the Merge Cells icon. Highlight the last two rows of the bottom cell and merge these together too. Type a description in these merged cells to designate what a "1" response and a "10" response signify. Highlight the the text in the bottom right merged cell and click the Right Alignment icon in the Home ribbon.

Step 4

Remove the vertical  lines from the bottom row.

Highlight the bottom row and click the Borders icon in the Home ribbon. Select Inside Borders to remove all of the vertical lines inside the bottom row.

Step 5

A completed 10-point scale table.

Add any additional questions that can be answered by your 10-point scale. Save the file in DOCX format.

Adding Radio Buttons

Step 1

Add the Developer tab to Word.

Add the Developer tab to Word if you haven't done so already. Click the File tab, select Options and then Customize Ribbon. Select Main Tabs from the top menu, select Developer, click the Add button and then click OK.

Step 2

Increase the font for the bottom row to 20 points.

Insert a table in the document with 10 columns and two rows. Number the top row from 1 to 10. For best results with the radio buttons, highlight the bottom row and change the Font Size to at least 20 points in the Home ribbon.

Step 3

Insert an Option Button.

Place the cursor in the first cell of the bottom row. Click the Developer tab and then click Design Mode. Click the Legacy Forms icon, which looks like a toolbox, and then click the Option Button icon. A radio button appears in the cell with the words Option Button beside it.

Step 4

Select Edit to remove the text from the button.

Right-click the Option Button in the table. From the drop-down menu select OptionButton Object and click Edit. Delete the Option Button text.

Step 5

Copy and paste the button into the other nine cells.

Highlight the Option Button and press Ctrl-C to copy it. Click each of the remaining cells in the table's button row and press Ctrl-V to paste an Option Button in each cell.

Step 6

Exit Design Mode.

Click the Developer tab and then click the Design Mode icon to exit Design Mode. Outside of Design Mode, you can now select an Option Button and it is filled. Click another Option Button and it's filled instead.

Step 7

Save the file as in DOCM format.

Click the File tab and select Save As. Change the file format to World Macro-Enabled Document (*.docm) in the Save As Type menu.