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Add the Date Picker control to Word 2007 forms

With Word 2007's new Date Picker control, you can make it easy for customers to enter dates in your forms. Follow these steps to add the corresponding Date Picker controls to your form.

With Word 2007's new Date Picker control, you can make it easy for customers to enter dates in your forms. For example, suppose you create a Project Requirements form that lets customers list the requirements for their next system upgrade. You would like them to suggest the best times to start and finish the project. Follow these steps to add the corresponding Date Picker controls to your form:

  1. Click where you want customers to enter the project start date in your form.
  2. Type Project Start Date:.
  3. Press [Tab].
  4. Click the Developer tab. (If you don't see it, click the Office button, click Word Options, click Popular, and then select the Show Developer Tab In The Ribbon check box.)
  5. Click the Date Picker control in the Controls group.
  6. Click Properties in the Controls group.
  7. Click in the Title text box and enter Start Date:.
  8. In the Display The Date Like This list box, select the desired date format and then click OK.
  9. Click to the right of the Date Picker control to deselect, and then press [Enter] twice.
  10. Type Project End Date:.
  11. Press [Tab].
  12. Click the Developer tab.
  13. Click the Date Picker Control in the Controls group.
  14. Click Properties in the Controls group.
  15. Click inside the Title text box and enter End Date:.
  16. In the Display The Date Like This list box, select the desired date format and then click OK.
  17. Click to the right of the Date Picker control to deselect.
  18. Click the Protect Document command in the Protect group.
  19. If you are using Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007, Office Professional Plus 2007, or Office Enterprise 2007, click Restrict Formatting And Editing. Otherwise, for other releases of Word 2007, skip to step 20.
  20. In the Restrict Formatting And Editing pane, click the Allow Only This Type Of Editing in the Document check box.
  21. Click the list arrow and select Filling In Forms.
  22. Click the Yes, Start Enforcing Protection button and then click OK.
  23. Click the Office button.
  24. Click Save As.
  25. From the Save As Type drop-down menu, click Word Template.
  26. Click the Trusted Template folder on the left, enter the filename Project Requirements Form, and then click Save.

To use the form, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Office button and then click New.
  2. Click My Templates from the list on the left.
  3. Click the Project Requirements template under My templates tab.
  4. Click OK.
  5. Enter the information required by each control.
  6. To enter the project start date as today's date, click the Project Start Date Picker control, click the drop-arrow, and click Today.
  7. To enter the project end date for the end of next month, click the Project End Date Date Picker control, click the drop-down arrow, click the right arrow to display the next month, and then click 30.
  8. Save and close the document.

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2 comments
eva
eva

This is a great feature! Too bad Microsoft makes it so tedious. If your a wee bit technically challenged or lack an attention span like me, an alternative to the above is to use a program called WinCalendar. Once wincalendar is installed, simply right click any date to pop-up a date picker in Word! Mike

traianrus
traianrus

Thx! It's excellent! AN other important issue to be noted is that application has a freeware version.

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