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How to add dropdown fields to a form in Word

Sometimes when you are filling forms online or doing quizzes and polls, you will be required to select your choice from a drop-down menu. Microsoft Word has tools that will help you to make your own poll, or form using drop-down menus.

Below is a step-by-step process of how you can achieve this.

  1. Go to the ‘File’ tab on the Ribbon.

On it, select ‘Options’ at the bottom of the vertical list that appears.

  • A Word Options dialog box will appear.

On the vertical list at the extreme left of your screen, choose ‘Customize Ribbon.’

  • Another dialog box will appear.

This is the ‘Customize the Ribbon and keyboard shortcuts.’ Under the second column titled, ‘Customize the Ribbon,’ check the box next to ‘Developer.’

  • Click OK.
  • Go back to the Ribbon.

You will notice that the ‘Developer’ tab has been added to the Ribbon.

  • Place the cursor where you want the Drop-Down List Content Control to appear in the document.
  • Go back to the ‘Developer’ tab on the Ribbon.
  • There are several options to choose from. First, select the ‘Drop-Down List Content Control.’ It is under ‘Mailings; second row, third column. Suppose you want to be sure that you have selected the right control. Leave the cursor on it: ‘Drop-Down List Content Control’ will appear.
  • You will notice that a new ‘drop-down’ menu has been inserted into the document. It is titled ‘Choose an item.’
  1. Click ‘Properties’ on the Controls area of the Ribbon on the Developer tab.
  1. A dialog box will appear
  1. Now you can fill in the following:
  2. Title: Use this box to give your drop down list a heading/name/title.
  1. Go back to the ‘Drop-Down List Properties’ section at the bottom, and select ‘Add.’
  2. A smaller dialog box will appear. Under ‘Display Name,’ type a choice and then click OK.
  1. You can now repeat step II) and III) for as many choices as you have/ want to include in your drop-down field.
  2. As you can see, in our example, I have added three choices: health insurance, life insurance, and motor vehicle insurance.


  1.  Click the OKbutton in the Content Control Properties dialog box.

As you can see, our drop-down field has three options.

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