If you would like to donate, please use the appropriate donate button to access Pay Pal. nline forms, protected forms, fill-in forms, electronic "e" forms, ...call them what you will; like their predecessor, the printed page with lines, Microsoft Word forms provide a structured and convenient means for the document user to input information.In the following illustrations and steps, I will explain how you can create and employ a basic form, and some advanced tips to convert the basic form into the functional content control form shown above.As the discussion develops, I will attempt to explain some advantages and disadvantages of forms in general and in using content controls in place of "legacy" form fields in particular.In fact, a content control form developed to the point demonstrated has several nagging shortcomings, and one serious design flaw.There are several basic steps that you can take to improve and add functionality to the basic form.
This method is already familiar to users moving from legacy forms and it offers, the albeit practically useless, password protection.
Word forms using "legacy" form fields have been around since at least Word 97.
There is an excellent 5 part series of articles by Dian D.
While the legacy form fields are still available through Word 2013, and several long standing content control shortcomings remain; in my opinion, content controls stand poised to relegate "legacy" form fields to the dust bin of history.
This Microsoft Word Help & Tips page will show you how to create a functional content control form "similar" to the insurance application form example that Dian uses in part 2 of her legacy form series.
There are a couple of ways that you can do this with content control forms.