Microsoft Word/Creating Fillable Form


Hi Aidan,

I'm sending this question to you because your info indicates you've supported MS Office for many years. I'm assuming (and hoping!) this includes both Excel and Word. I'm using Office 2010.

I want to create a multi-page form to get necessary information from new clients. The form will include list boxes, combo boxes, text boxes, etc. I want the form to look good and be easy for clients to type in. Using field validation to help make sure numeric fields contain only numbers, for example, would be nice but not imperative.

Based on your knowledge and/or experience, is Word or Excel much better suited than the other to create a form like this?

Thank you.

I would PROBABLY do this in Word, though both would work - my reasoning is that word is supported by programs other than word so MAY be easier for clients to open if they didn't have office.  By using the legacy form controls you can add the validation you want - see for a discussion about Word forms.  Using excel would give you (possibly) easier validation but I think would possibly be overkill - and harder to format the way you want.
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Aidan Heritage


I have provided first hand support since `95 for Microsoft Office majoring in Word and Excel - support for all versions of Word from 2 onwards

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