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Say,

I have created a questionnaire in a word doc format, however I want my questions to have check-boxes for clients to tick off and have a text-area as well to fill in 1 word answers.

Similar to what this questionnaire looks like here ----> (bobbasandzaidas.co.za) but the difference is that I want this on a word document.

How can I achieve this?

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You can use Form Fields or ActiveX controls. Both are classed as 'legacy' controls, but there is no checkbox among the current Content Controls.

Form Fields are specifically designed for Word, so I recommend them over ActiveX controls which are resource-hungry and can look inappropriate when printed. There are also text input and dropdown form fields. In use the document must be protected for Forms, which also prevents the fixed text form being modified

All the controls are to be found in the Controls group on the Developer tab.
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Where can I access Form fields or Active X on word??
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Say, We don't want an active word doc - its a static form and need simple instructions to create these shapes. text box is manageable - but how do we make a check box shape?
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You can access legacy controls via  the dropdown in the Controls group on the Developer tab.

I would have said that a protected-for-forms document where most of the text cannot be changes is 'static'

Insert tab>Text group>Text Box>Draw text box will insert a basic Text Box. This is a shape, so is different from the Text entry form field, ActiveX text box and a Text Content Control.
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Thanks.

Will the same information apply if was using Open Office writer or would be different?? (Which is the equivalent to MS Word)
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Sorry, I have never seen Open Office.
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Say we using Microsoft Office 2013. How would we create a check box that when clicked on shows a tick. Please give steps.
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As above,

I advise you to use Form Field checkboxes. However, you could use ActiveX checkboxes. The document doesn't have to be protected for the latter, so you could then use Text Boxes for text input.
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Thanks - found it.
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