Interactive Forms

How to create interactive forms in Microsoft Word

The first step in creating an interactive form is to make sure that the developer tab is active in your version of Microsoft Word. Select the File tab and then options. Now select the Customise Ribbon option and tick the developer tab so that it is on.

Interactive Controls

It is advisable to create a table for the outline structure of the form. Once the structure and layout is set, add the controls. There are several controls, AB Control, which is a text control. Combo Box, which is a drop-down list control. Date Picker, yes/no box and an Autotext entry control. These can all form part of a form.


AutoText in an interactive form is mainly used to pre-populate elements of the form, because once a form is locked the AutoText cannot be changed.

Passwords in Interactive Forms

When the interactive form is locked with a password the only areas a user can select are the control areas. Form structure and headings are locked for editing. Settings are changed through the Password control pane on the right side of the screen.

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