Lots of folks create forms in Word and those forms need lines. Yes, lines where folks can key in information. So many times, frustrated readers write to me asking how can they get lines you can type on in MS Word.
Well, there are a couple of things you can do about this. Read on to unfold the secret to lines you can type on!
You can use tabs to indicate where you would like users to enter information. For example, suppose you want a line to begin .2.0 inches from your left margin and have that line extend for three inches from that point.
- You can accomplish this by using two tab stops – one at 2.0 inches and the other at 5.0 inches. Your first tab would be left aligned and the last tab would be right aligned.
- Next, select the second tab stop and apply the underline attribute. You now have a line exactly three inches wide. If a user were to position their insertion point at the beginning of the line and start keying in information, their text would be underlined. Should their text extend beyond that point though, it could pose a problem.
- Another approach would be to draw underlines where you want information to be keyed in. Since the lines are graphical in nature, they are not affected by what you key in and will remain visible on your document. However, the lines can be affected by how they are placed in relation to other drawing objects or the text itself, so it can be a bit tricky to get it just right.
- The approach that I and most folks use is TABLES. All you have to do is set up a table. Your table can be as simple or as complex as you like. The cells in your table can be selected and borders applied as necessary to create the lines you need. Now folks can simply click and start keying in text. The line they are using is really the cell border and is not affected by what is keyed in.