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Word 2013 Tips and Tricks: Developer Mode

imageHave you ever opened up a Word document and found that it was, or even contained, a form with fields to fill in and then instantly wondered how they created that form?  I mean, wouldn’t it be nice to create a form to be sent out to your PTO board, or a group of friends to gather some consistent information?  I have found it extremely helpful in my new position.

Well, if you fell that you are a good candidate for creating a form or two, you have come to the right blog post.  I am going to attempt to show you how to create a Word form.

Example Document

First things first, lets just quickly see what a form looks like in Word.  You can see below, for example, a form for a basketball team that has fields to gather information about each player on the team.

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Turning on Developer Mode

In order to get started, you will need to enable the Developer tab.  To do this:

1.  Click on the File tab.

 

2.  Click on Options.

 

3.  A Word Options dialog will come up.  Select the Customize Ribbon option.

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4.  Now, select Popular Commands from the Choose commands from dropdown list, select Main Tabs from the Customize the Ribbon and then check the Developer item in the list.

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5.  Now, select OK.

6.  You should see a new tab at the top of  Word titled, Developer.  Select it.

 

7.  Now, you should see a new ribbon with lots of fun developer tools.  To just do simple form elements, look at the Controls section:

 

8.  From here, you can drag controls onto the page and create your form.  Boom!  Now that you have the developer tab enabled, you can add elements to any document.

Summary

Turning on the ability to create forms in Word 2013 is pretty straight forward.  Just follow the steps above and you will be creating forms in no time. There are still some things you might want to do that will allow people to only edit the fields and not the document itself, but that might be for another time.

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