Word: Fillable, but non-editable, forms

  1. Launch Microsoft Word. Click on Options (left), then click on Customize Ribbon (left). Click on Main tabs and verify that the box next to Developer is checked. Click OK when you are finished.
  2. Type out the questions for your form, including any descriptive text that you want the reader to see.
  3. Click on the Developer tab on the ribbon. Position your mouse cursor at the first point in the form where you want a fillable section to be displayed. Then choose the relevant option from the Control section of the ribbon. Your options include plain text boxes, check boxes, drop-down menus, and more. Repeat this process until you have added all the fillable areas you wish to include in the form.
  4. Click Protect Document from the Protect section of the ribbon. Select Allow only this type of editing in the document and choose Filling in forms. Click Yes, Start Enforcing Protection under the Start Enforcement header.
  5. Type a password into the Enter new password text box. This is an optional step, but if you don't do this, anyone will be able to undo the protection you just set up on the document.
  6. Save the file.
  7. All done! You have now created a form that users can fill in using Microsoft Word, without fear of them editing the document.

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