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MS Word 2013 - Creating Text-boxes

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I have a questionnaire that I want to create on Microsoft Word 2013, I want this questionnaire to have text-boxes so that people can type inside them to answer the questions, save it & then email it to me when done.

How do I do this? (Please give steps)
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Sasa Kranjac earned 250 total points
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As you don't need any special features the very simple Word document should suffice:

1. open Word and create new blank document
2. Type a question
3. on the Ribbon, click Insert tab, click Text Box and click either Simple Text Box or Draw Text Box.

First option creates a Text Box in the middle of the document which you can drag and resize as you wish. Second option gives the possibility to click and hold down left mouse button, drag and release the button to create a text box.

Give the file to the users to fill the boxes as they answer the questions.
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Just a quick observation, if you use a word document as a questionnaire form, take into account that the users will be able to change it.

Also, make sure you use fonts that all the users have on their computer, or else the textboxes won't be positioned properly.
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by:shaunwingin
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Tx  for tips - we don't mind if they change it.
Will this allow them to simply type into it?
How can we do the same with a check box - ie. if they click on it an "x" of tick will appear?
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Sasa Kranjac answered your question.
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pls see revised qu: ID: 39823737
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Users will be able to type anything in the text boxes.

To insert a box where you can check/un-check it:

1. click File, click Options, then Customize Ribbon
2. on the right side of the window, under Customize the Ribbon, choose Main Tabs from the menu
3. click to check Developer
4. click OK to close the window

Now you have Developer tab on the Ribbon. Click the Developer tab, under Controls part of the tab click Check Box Content Control to insert it in the document. You will have the check box for your users to check/un-check it as they wish.

If you select (left click) the check box control and then click Properties from the Developer tab, a windows pops up where you can select how the control will look like when is checked or unchecked.

Hope it helps.
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by:Rob Henson
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Being a Word document, why use text boxes within a text environment?

If you setup the document in a table format, the users can type their responses in a table cell next to the question. You could also set this as a form and have the question cells locked so that they cannot be overwritten.

You can set the table to be fixed height rows unless you want answers to be extensive and then should set it to Automatic so that the row grows as required.

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Rob H
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See attached.

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Questionnaire.docx
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Good idea - but how would we do the check boxes?
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The tick boxes would still be active content controls
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It is working - I have figured out how it works thanks to your step instructions, using active X controls.

Now I want to know is it possible for the control to use an X rather than a tick to select an answer??

If so, how do I change that?
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by:Rob Henson
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I don't how or why, but when I insert a Check Box control, it is by default a x rather than a tick.

See attached. I am using Word 2010 and found the Check Box control activating the Developer tab and it was in the Controls Group.

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Questionnaire.docx
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by:shaunwingin
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We using Word 2013 - any ideas?
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by:Sasa Kranjac
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I think I answered your question in my second comment (ID: 39823786)

I have described the steps to turn on Developer tab, insert check box control and the steps how to change it if you don't like the X.

Although I did that on Word 2013, the process is very similar for 2007 and 2010 versions as well.

Have you tried it yet?
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Thanks Guys!
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