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In this course, author Gini Courter introduces the form creation tools found in Word 2010 and shows how to produce electronic forms that are visually pleasing and easy to navigate. The course covers designing a form; capturing data effectively with dropdown lists, date pickers, and check boxes; and adding controls for repeating data using the Word Content Control Toolkit. The course also includes tutorials on testing, protecting, and distributing forms.
Prerequisite Course: Word 2010 Essential Training
Well, that's the end of our course but it doesn't need to be the end of your learning. When we were looking at the Developer tab in Microsoft Word we found that there were other groups of controls, not just for the Legacy Forms that you create for Office 2003 users, but a group of ActiveX controls that has things like an Option button that we don't have and a button to fire some code and there is the secret word here. Because the ActiveX controls actually require you to be able to write some code behind them. But if you're interested in having the kind of forms that would allow you to put on buttons that would do different actions when a user clicked, this is the kind of place that you want to go.
So to learn more about creating templates that use ActiveX controls, I'd recommend that you visit the Microsoft Word Developer Center. You can simply go to msdn.microsoft.com and look for the Word Developer Center or you can Google Microsoft Word Developer Center. The Developer Center has lots of resources that you can use. Now, some are aimed at folks who are simply creating forms without any code behind them. You'll find a great section for example on the Word Content Controls and lots and lots of information about Word 2010.
But you will also find a developer reference that will help you develop solutions, items that use both code and a document in Microsoft Word 2010. You might also be interested in creating forms that are platform-independent. Right now, our forms require a user to actually have Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 on their desktop in order to be able to complete these forms. If you want to create forms that could be distributed to other users who didn't necessarily have Microsoft Word, then you might want to look at a tool like Adobe Acrobat Pro.
And the lynda.com Training Library has lots of information on how to use Acrobat Pro to create forms. Simply visit lynda.com and in the search box put- in Acrobat forms, and you'll find as much as you would like to know and more. You can take the simple forms that you created using Word 2010 and import them into Acrobat Pro, so you haven't wasted any time if you do your form layout in Microsoft Word. Even place some basic content controls and then switch over to Acrobat Pro when you're ready to create a form that you can secure and distribute outside the world of Microsoft Word users.
What if you want to know more about Microsoft Word 2010 building blocks, forms, and content controls? Well, if you're interested, I'd send you to the Microsoft Office Word Blog. The Microsoft Word Blog has lots and lots of information, much of which is put up here by the Microsoft valued professionals. But you can search specific blogs, for example, one for Microsoft Word or how Office is used in Education or the Microsoft Office Blog. You can also search, so if you wanted to know more about content controls we can just enter content controls and find a great blog post put together by the Word team, the group of folks who put Word together.
If you'd like a book that would help you think about how to create form documents and a wide range of other documents in Microsoft Office, I recommend for Office 2010 Stephanie Krieger's fine book, Documents, Presentations, and Workbooks: Using Microsoft Office to Create Content That Gets Noticed. You'll find lots of information about building blocks, some information about forms, and also this will bridge the gap between Microsoft Office for Windows and Microsoft Office for the Mac. So if you work in a hybrid environment and have users on both Macs and PCs, this book is worth your attention.
Finally, there is a fine section on building blocks in Word 2010 in the Word 2010 Essential Training on the lynda.com Training Library. Simply go to lynda.com, look for Word 2010, and you'll find it. There is an author there who you might have met already. The ability to create forms and extend the power of Microsoft Word is exciting. Create some forms soon, even if you use them on a limited basis, so that you get to practice the skills that you learned in this class.
It's been great having you here for Microsoft Word 2010: Forms in Depth. Keep learning and I look forward to training you again.
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