How to Make Application Forms

By Foye Robinson

Application forms are used to gather data. For example, an employment form helps you determine if an applicant is qualified for a job. Placing the questions in a single document makes it easier to review the information in one place. You can use a word processor, such as Word, WordPerfect or OpenOffice Writer, to make the application. Simply customize the questions and format for your specific need.

Things You'll Need

  • Word processor
  • Printer
  • Ink cartridge
  • Printer paper

Step 1

Open your word processor and type the application's title at the top of the page in large, bold letters. To center the title, select the text and press "Ctrl"plus"E" on your keyboard. Title examples include: "Application for Employment," "Rental Agreement" or "Application for Car Loan."

Step 2

Create a sub-heading for "Personal Information" about the applicant. Type the heading in large, bold letters. Type in the person's name, address and contact information under the heading. Add a line after each question for the applicant to fill-in the questions.

Step 3

Type "Position Sought," "Available Start Date" and "Salary Requirement." Add a line after each question for the applicant to complete.

Step 4

Create a sub-heading for "Education." Type the heading in large, bold letters.

Step 5

Create a grid with four columns and rows under "Education." To create the grid in Word, go to the "Insert" tab and "Tables" group. Select "Table" from the list and highlight the number of columns and rows you want to create. To create the grid in WordPerfect, Click the "Table QuickCreate" button and highlight the number of rows and columns you need. To create one in OpenOffice Writer, select "Table," "Insert" and "Table" from the menu. Enter your dimensions in the dialog box and click "OK."

Step 6

Leave Row 1, Column 1 empty. Type "High School" (in Row 2, Column 1), "College or University" (in Row 3, Column 1), "Trade School/Specialized Training" (in Row 4, Column 1) and "Other Education" (in Row 5, Column 1). Type "Name and Location" (in Row 1, Column 2), "Graduated/Degree" (in Row 1, Column 3) and "Major" (in Row 1, Column 4).

Step 7

Create a sub-heading for "Experience." Type the heading in large, bold letters.

Step 8

Create a grid with four columns and five rows under "Experience."

Step 9

Type "Employer" (in Row 1, Column 1), "Address" (in Row 1, Column 2), "Start/End Date" (in Row 1, Column 3) and "Duties" (in Row 1, Column 4). Leave the rows empty for the applicant to fill in.

Step 10

Select "File" and "Save" from the menu to save the application. Load paper onto your printer and press "Ctrl"plus "P" to print the application form.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you need copies of the filled-out application form, you can have your local printer print copies on non-carbon copy (NCR) paper.