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How to create fillable forms with Microsoft Word [Guide]

Ever wanted to create fillable forms but don’t want to shell out money for an expensive PDF editor, like Adobe? Already own Microsoft Word? Then you are in the right place because this guide will teach you how to create fillable forms using Microsoft Word. Read on to learn more.

BEFORE WE BEGIN

I have created this tutorial using Microsoft Office Word 2010 in Windows XP Professional 32 bit. This tutorial should work in a similar way for MS Word 2003/2007/2013 on Windows Vista, 7, and 8; I have never tried it though.

HOW TO CREATE FILLABLE FORMS WITH MICROSOFT WORD ON WINDOWS XP, VISTA, 7, AND 8

To create fillable forms, do the following:

Design Mode ON

design mode on [1]

Design Mode OFF

design mode off [2]

Conclusion

Your document must be distributed as a Word document to retain it as a fillable form. Ideally, these forms will be filled in, saved and emailed back to you. Saving the form as a PDF will negate any interactive form functionality. If a user would like to print out the form, and fill it in by hand, then your form items may be a problem. For instance, dropdown options will not display when printed out, or “Click here to enter text” will be included in the printout (you can remove this text as you need it, but to do that you must enter the Design Mode).