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.
- 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.’
- Click ‘Properties’ on the Controls area of the Ribbon on the Developer tab.
- A dialog box will appear
- Now you can fill in the following:
- Title: Use this box to give your drop down list a heading/name/title.
- Go back to the ‘Drop-Down List Properties’ section at the bottom, and select ‘Add.’
- A smaller dialog box will appear. Under ‘Display Name,’ type a choice and then click OK.
- You can now repeat step II) and III) for as many choices as you have/ want to include in your drop-down field.
- As you can see, in our example, I have added three choices: health insurance, life insurance, and motor vehicle insurance.
- 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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