Office hacks: fill in not blind Word input plus tips

We need to fill in the complex content of Word forms, usually fill in the box or the front of the article with a prompt, but after all, the form space is limited, this way neither aesthetically pleasing nor may not be able to say what is required. The good thing is that with the help of Word’s “text controls”, we can fill in the box directly inside the prompt characters, and when the user actually fill in the prompt characters will automatically disappear.

Open the need to fill out the document, locate the location where you need to add a prompt, such as the name of the unit, click “Development Tools ¡ú Plain Text Content Control”, insert a plain text control in the specified area as prompted, the control as the text of the input prompt (Figure 1).


Figure 1 Insert a plain text control

Select the inserted text control, click “Development Tools→Design Mode”, and then enter the prompt text as prompted. For example, you can set the color of the prompt character to light gray, so that the prompt text will be different from the text (Figure 2).


Figure 2 prompt font settings

After completing the above settings, click “Design Mode” again, so as to return to the filling interface, at this time, after the “Unit Name” will appear the text of “Please enter the name on the business license”. This way the user will fill in the form according to the prompts we give, and once the user enters the text, the prompt characters will disappear automatically (Figure 3).


Figure 3 The prompt character disappears automatically after the text is entered

Tip: By default, if we delete the input text, the above control will be restored automatically. If you don’t need to restore the control, then you can select the control and click “Properties”, and check “Delete control after content is edited” in the properties window, so that the control will automatically disappear once you enter characters in the control text box.

Of course, in practice, we can also choose other types of controls according to our actual needs, for example, for the need to enter the date where you can insert the “date control”, so that the user can simply click on it and automatically choose to enter the standard date format. For locations where specific characters need to be entered, such as gender, we can insert a “drop-down content list control”, click “Properties” after inserting the control, set the value of the display name to “Please select gender “, click “Add” in turn to add the gender of men and women to the drop-down list, so that users can only choose in the drop-down list when entering to ensure that users enter uniform, standardized data (Figure 4).


Figure 4 Drop-down content list control

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