Add instructional text to a form

Sometimes it is useful to include instructions for how to fill out a particular content control that you have added to an online form. The instructions are replaced by content when someone uses the form.

Before you can manage content controls, the Developer tab must be displayed in the Ribbon. The Ribbon is a component of the Microsoft Office Fluent user interface.

What do you want to do?


Display the Developer tab

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click Word Options.
  1. Click Popular.
  2. Select the Show Developer tab in the Ribbon check box, and then click OK.

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Add instructional text to a form

  1. On the Developer tab, in the Controls group, click Design Mode.

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  1. If you haven't already added a content control to your document, click where you want the control to appear, and then click a control.

 Note   If content controls are not available, you might have opened a document created in an earlier version of Word. To use content controls, you must convert the document to the Word 2007 file format by clicking the Microsoft Office Button Button image, clicking Convert, and then clicking OK.

  1. Click the content control in which you want to revise the placeholder text.
  2. Edit the placeholder text and format it any way that you want.
  3. If you want the content control to disappear when someone types in their own content to replace your instructions in a Rich Text control or a Text control, click Properties in the Controls group , and then select the Remove content control when contents are edited check box.

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Applies to:
Word 2007