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I am currently using a downloaded version of a form in Word format.  In this form, I am given text boxes to complete within other given text.  How do I get ALL of the text boxes to show on the screen, to allow for revisions, as well as get them to print?  Do to the amount of the content I have added to the boxes, I now have text boxes on top of text boxes on my screen, as well as when I print.
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If the form uses text form fields or content controls, then the form should have been designed either to limit the amount of data entered or to adjust to accommodate it. If the form actually uses text boxes, then the form was poorly designed. You don't say what version of Word you have, but in any version displaying text boundaries (how you do this will vary depending on version) will help you spot text boxes, though if they overlap, this may still be difficult. None of this, however, will overcome the poor design of the form, which is not your fault.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill

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I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".

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I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

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B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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