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In this course, author Gini Courter introduces the form creation tools found in Word 2007 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 text 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 2007 Essential Training
This is the end of Microsoft Word 2007: Forms in Depth, but it shouldn't be the end of your learning about how to use Microsoft Word to create amazing documents that make your work life more efficient. So let me give you some thoughts on where you might look next for more help with the kind of topics we've covered in this title. You might remember that when we were on the Developer tab that we had access to other sets of form tools. I want to remind you that you'll only really want to use these legacy tools if you absolutely have to create forms for 2003 users.
If you do that, then you ignore all of these controls because they won't work for them. But there are some other controls down in here, and I have a feeling that many of you will be tempted to use this check box because we don't have one in Word 2007, or you might think that you want some option buttons. All of these controls actually require you to write some code behind them. They simply lay on the form and don't do anything until you add code. So if you would like to know more about templates that would use those ActiveX controls, and you're very comfortable creating forms of the kinds we've created already, then I would encourage you to go to the Word Developer Center.
The Word Developer Center, on the Office section of the Microsoft web site, has a lot of material to help you get a good start on creating any kind of forms you want to create. For example, it would help you get started with Visual Basic in Word 2010. But just click Word 2007 and you'll see lots of information. For example, information on the Word Content Controls, some built-in tutorials, how to create a Word 2007 document using Power tools. These are really heavy topics.
But also a good mix of things that would be of interest, even if you're just starting out. So don't be afraid to take a look here, and remember that for many of us if we're not developing already then we would look for help for information workers on office.com rather than IT professional support on TechNet. So again, the Word Development Center, great place to go, lots of really good resources, a tremendous library to help you. You might also need to create forms that could be filled out by people who are not using Word or aren't even on PCs, for example, Mac users.
If you need to create forms that don't rely on Windows and don't rely on Word, those are called platform independent forms. I would encourage you to go to the lynda. com Online Training Library and look at the titles in the Acrobat Pro area on creating forms. You can take the form you've already created in Microsoft Word, dump it into Acrobat Pro and turn that into a form that can be completed, whether someone is using a Mac, whether somebody is using a Windows machine, whether somebody is using a PC running UNIX or Linux, it doesn't matter.
So Platform Independent Forms based on the forms you've created already. If you'd like to know more about Word 2007 Building Blocks, what an exciting topic, or push a little further with forms, or look at some different approaches to content controls, there are three different places I'd send you. First, I'd ask you to consider subscribing to the Microsoft Office Word blog. There are a whole list of blogs that are created by folks who work for Microsoft, specific people, you know Crabby Office Lady, specific topics like Microsoft Excel.
The Microsoft Word Office blog is just amazing, it's really incredible. It has live videos that show you how to do specific things you'd like to do, you can search and look for help on something like, for example, Content Controls, and you'll find Migrating Mail Merge Fields to content controls, meeting the content controls. Again, this is a great resource particularly for Word power users who are looking for just a little bit more. How can I be more efficient, more effective ? What are tips that I haven't found yet? So great ideas that you'll find, and again you can go ahead and sign in, or you can subscribe to this as an RSS feed.
If you like books, I have one I like a lot for Word 2007 and for Excel and for PowerPoint. Stephanie Krieger's Advanced Microsoft Office Documents 2007 Edition Inside Out. It does not include Outlook, but it takes the three major applications in the Microsoft Office Suite and Stephanie's approach to helping you create advanced documents, not memos, not letters, but really great documents, include some extensive conversation about topics like Building Blocks.
Finally, I'd encourage you to take a look at the lynda.com Online Training Library. David Rivers has a Word 2007 Essential Training Course that covers all of Word, but includes building blocks as well. So three different places that you can look for some more information there. These are all great resources that will take you even farther with Microsoft Word 2007 Forms. It's been a pleasure to have you here for this course, and I hope to see you in another course in the lynda. com Online Training Library.
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