Create a one-page word form with protected "fields"

Posted on 2004-11-12
Last Modified: 2009-12-16
What I'm trying to do is create a blank template of sorts for a doctor.  The idea is to have protected text items such as the name, DOB, etc.
Once the template is opened, those items should not be editable, and there should be adequate space for each entry.

It should look something like this:

First Name: John
Last Name: Smith
Occupation: House Painter

The values, if you will, for each of these should be fully editable.

Any suggestions explaining how I could do this would be appreciated.
Question by:lowplainsdrifter
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    What program are you using?  Do you care?

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    You might want to ask future questions about MS Word in http:Word/
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    Hi lowplainsdrifter :-),
    Since this question is starting to get old could you please give us an update on the status of this question?
    See: Thank you, turn123's friendly update request script.
    Offtopic comments about this script to please :-).
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    You can create a document in Word, and add fields to the form.  Create the fixed fields first:

    First Name:
    Last Name:

    Then add your fields using the Forms toolbar (View --> Toolbars --> Forms).  You will add text fields after each of the items you added above.  Once you get things looking like you want them, you will want to protect the document.  This varies depending on your version of Word.  In Word 2003, you will choose Tools --> Protect Document, and then restrict the editing to "Filling in Forms."  In older versions, I think that simply turning protection on would do this.

    You might want to save the completed document as a template (*.dot) so that people will open a copy instead of the original.

    Microsoft has an excellent help file at:

    - Will

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    The answer I gave was pretty much straight from the manufacturer, and I have personally used this method in the past for similar tasks.

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