How to Create Fillable Word Forms

by Sara Tetreault

You can create fillable forms for a myriad of uses, such as surveys, job and college applications, and various other documents that you might use to collect information. The steps for creating a form in Microsoft Word are easy to remember and do not require in-depth knowledge of other aspects of the program.

To create a new document, select "New" from the "MS Office" button.

Click on "My Templates" under "Templates" and double click on "Normal" to create a template or document under "Create New."

Save the document by clicking on "Save As." Give the document a name and save it.

Click on "Design Mode" under the "Developer" tab in the "Controls" group. Click on the document where you would like to insert a control.

Insert a field where users can enter text by clicking on "Rich Text" or "Text" and then clicking in the document where you would like to this control to appear.

Insert a text fill in field by clicking "Legacy Tools" and then "Text Form Field" from the "Developer" tab.

In the "Controls" group, choose "Design Mode" and click "Underline" to add a line under the field; click on "Properties" to limit the amount of characters that can be entered into the field.

Insert a drop-down lit by clicking on "Drop-Down List" under the "Developer" tab. Select the content control and in the "Controls" group, click "Properties" under the "Developer" tab. Create a list of choices under the "Drop-Down List Properties" by clicking "Add."

Insert a check box by clicking on "Check Box Form Field" under "Legacy Tools." Click on "Check Box Form Field," type a space and begin typing a label.

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About the Author

Sara Tetreault has worked as a marketing copywriter and editor since 2006. She has written copy for public health organizations, Yankee Retail, and Oce North America. Tetreault received her Master of Arts degree in early modern culture and literature from the University of Sussex and obtained a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in English and communications from Eastern Connecticut State University.