How to Create Fillable Forms in Word?


Not a lot of people know that they can actually create fillable forms in Word. Yes, you don’t always need a PDF editor to do that. In knowing how to make a Word document fillable, you need to read up the steps required before you start the process.

How to Make a Word Document Fillable

To make a Word document fillable, you’ll most likely start with a template and then add content control. Drop-down lists, text boxes, checkboxes, and even databases are all examples of content-control. The steps involved are summarized below.

Step 1:  Show the Developer tab. To do so, go to the “File” tab > “Options” > “Customize Ribbon.” Then, under “Customize Ribbon,” check the “Developer” box and click “OK.”


Step 2: When you open a Word document, you will be able to make it fillable. Go to the “Developer” tab, then “Design Mode,” and then insert the desired controls. It may be a text control that allows users to enter text, a combo or drop-down list, a date picker, or a checkbox.


Step 3: Adjust or set “Properties” to “Content Control Properties.” You may add a title, a tag, or change the color here.


Step 4: You can add protection to the form by using the “Restrict Editing”. Open form then click “Home” > “Select” > “Select All”. Then click on “Developer “”> “Restrict Editing”.


You have now created a fillable word document using the steps outlined above. If you want to test your work before distributing it, you can open the form and fill it out as though you were the user to see if it works. You’ll be able to save it in the end.

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