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    Forms (Office XP)

    I want to build a general form that I can collect and then have the form reset it'self. What should I use? I am new to office XP and I am tring to figure out what to use.
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    Re: Forms (Office XP)

    It might help if you explain what kind of data you want to collect. Are you trying to create a database, a spreadsheet, a document, or what?
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    Re: Forms (Office XP)

    Sorry, I would like to create a form that people could fill out in a document. I would like to use Word but it does not seem that it is really built for it. I am just collecting general things like names emails etc. Thanks

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    Re: Forms (Office XP)

    Hi Dale:
    It's still a little vague. General information for what? What are you going to do with the information? i.e. will you be doing calculations--then Excel seems to fit. Will you be mailing letters or writing other documents using this information--Word seems to fit. Are you creating a large database where you will combine information in various ways--Access.

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    Re: Forms (Office XP)

    If you're using Outlook and Exchange Server, you could also have a shared addressbook and capture this information there.
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    Re: Forms (Office XP)

    I would like to collect information like, name e-mail, problems your having using our new computer system ECt. There will be no calculations, I just want to make a form that people can fill out and e-mail back to me. Here is an example url of what I am looking at http://home.gci.net/~lawyerdp1/claim...ation_form.htm

    I tried to create a nice form like this in word and it was a frustrating disaster. The fields were all grey and it just was not what I was looking for. The example I just showed is what I want to do.

    Thanks for your patience.

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    Re: Forms (Office XP)

    Who are your users? If they only have access to email then you have some major challenges, especially if they use AOL or one of the other services that only support plain text, then they would have to attach a document (Word or Excel or whatever) to the email. In that case they would need to have a Word template or form to use, so you need a way to get it to them. On the other hand if they have web access, you could do a web form much like your example. On the other hand, if the users are all on a local area or wide area network and have access to exchange server that would be another choice. I hate to make this sound so complicated, but your specific situation has a major bearing on how to proceed.
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    Re: Forms (Office XP)

    Hi Dale:
    The form can be handled quite well by Word. I've attached an example. Basically, you use a table to lay out the elements. You can see that by going to the Table menu & choosing "Show gridlines". After your form is completed, you can hide the gridlines.

    To get varying border thicknesses, you go to View/Toolbars & choose Tables & Borders. You can apply a different thickness to any side. You can also view the Forms toolbar & insert a text form field where you want users to type. There is an option on that toolbar to turn off shading. Then you go to the Tools menu & protect the document for forms.

    If you have any questions, please post back.
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    Re: Forms (Office XP)

    That is exactly what I was tring to do and I could not figure it out. Could you send me directions on how you made that form please. The form looks nice and is functional!

    Thanks a bunch!
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    Re: Forms (Office XP)

    <hr>Table menu & choosing "Show gridlines". After your form is completed, you can hide the gridlines. To get varying border thicknesses, you go to View/Toolbars & choose Tables & Borders. You can apply a different thickness to any side. You can also view the Forms toolbar & insert a text form field where you want users to type. There is an option on that toolbar to turn off shading. Then you go to the Tools menu & protect the document for forms.<hr>
    Hi Dale, Phil's given pretty good instructions, perhaps you are not familiar with Tables? I'll see if I can add a little that may help.
    1. Launch a new Word Doc, Make sure the VIEW is in PAGE LAYOUT, go to TABLE>INSERT>Table
    2. This opens a screen asking for Number of Columns and Rows (it also asks for sizes, but I tend to drop and drag the rows and colums to the desired size once the table is on the page by using the lines in the table)
    3. The form Phil created was 10 rows and 2 columns (the top Row was merged into one cell) - confused yet? <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>
    4. The first Row or Cell is where Phil entered the heading & centered the text, he used Enter to space it out above and below the text
    5. The next Row with Employee's Name (tab to get to the cell) has 2 columns, Phil has resized by dragging into position after the end of the word Name
    6. Spaces or blank rows have been used to spread out the form where desired (hit enter)
    7. To create a little bit of interest and to make it look better Phil has used Bold Border lines around the boxes (cells) to be filled in.
    Phil, if I am not guessing your table creation correctly - by all means clobber me! I am writing how I'd have created the same thing. <img src=/S/woops.gif border=0 alt=woops width=58 height=36>
    Gridlines off after you have completed the form (table) will then show the areas you have formatted or added heavy lines, I am certain many in this forum can explain it all much better than I, but hopefully you get an idea. Tables can be scary until you use and get to know them, I use them constantly they are terrific. Good Luck, get back if what I have written is not clear or you need to clarify.

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    Re: Forms (Office XP)

    Hi Dale (& Cyberdance):
    Thank you Cyberdance! (I couldn't get back to this forum sooner.). Dale, Cyberdance has pretty much laid out how I created the form. I'll just clarify a couple of things. I started with 11 rows (rather than 10) & merged the 4 cells in the first 2 rows as one. Instead of using enter to space out the lines, I alternated rows. If you click "Tables/show gridlines", you'll see a blank row between each row that has data. The last thing that I did was go to Tools/Protect Document... & ticked the Forms radio button & clicked OK. That way, your users can tab through the fields & not destroy your form. You can leave it unprotected, if you want, & they can hop from field to field using F11. However, this also allows them mess with the table.

    Cheers,

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    Re: Forms (Office XP)

    Thank you both for all the help my form is comming along nicely! <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>

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    Re: Forms (Office XP)

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    Re: Forms (Office XP)

    But if you want to have spell check work - the form cannot be protected. I remember seeing something in the Word forum about spell checking in a protected form, I think it used a macro or some VBA code... <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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