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How do I stop text from moving other text forward in Microsoft

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How do I stop text from moving other text forward in Microsoft Word?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Microsoft Office
Expert:  Josh replied 2 years ago.
Hi! My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will be assisting you,

Please explain your issue in more detail
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I have a rental application in Word. Each line has 2 or three questions like "Name", "phone #" etc... on it. When I type an answer in it naturally moves all the text in front of it forward causing it to mess up the formatting or jump to a 2nd line. How do I set it so that doesn't happen?
Expert:  Josh replied 2 years ago.
You cannot set it to change that - The person who created the form either did not intend for you to type the answers (They wanted you to print out the form and fill it out with a pen) or they did not realize you cannot type on the line without moving it
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I created the form?
Expert:  Josh replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the reply but it still does not change my previous answer
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Relist: Answer quality.
"Expert" did not read or understand question correctly.
Expert:  flopcat98 replied 2 years ago.

Click the "insert button" ON YOUR KEYBOARD

that will cause it to type over the text in front of it rather than in front of it.

 

Its a toggle switch pushing insert will switch from insert to over type or back depending on which it was doing before

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi. I don't want to type over the text in front. I just don't want the text in front to move forward when something is typed behind it. For example, I have a question that says "Do you have any pets?", then there is a blank space of 2 or 3 inches and then another question that says "If so, what kind of pet?" and then another blank space of 2 or three inches etc. When I click on the document to answer the first question, lets say the answer is "yes", as I type the word YES it moves the next question ("If so what kind?") forward by 3 spaces or the length of what ever answer I entered for the first question. How do I stop text from moving forward when text behind it is typed in?
Expert:  Josh replied 2 years ago.
The way you are creating the document does not allow you to type on the line. Since the "line" is not a line (It is like another character such as a letter) it will push it to the right each time you type on it.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
So what is the correct way to create te document
Expert:  Josh replied 2 years ago.
You can either purchase Adobe Acrobat and create a fill-in PDF file or you can use a website such as https://www.fillanypdf.com/
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I know I don't have to do that. I have seen a word document formatted that way before. I know it is possible to do.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Relist: Inaccurate answer.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Relist: Inaccurate answer.
Can anyone out there help with this? I know its possible as I have seen it done. Thanks!
Expert:  Travis replied 2 years ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer~! My name is XXXXX XXXXX I would like to assist you with your question.

 

Use the forms toolbar and insert fields. Here is a good article.

 

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/create-forms-that-users-complete-or-print-in-word-HA101848148.aspx

 

If you found my answer helpful please click accept so I may be compensated for my time. Positive feedback and tips are always appreciated. Thanks, Travis

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi Travis. I'm not looking for form fields as I need to do a merge and import data from an Excel document (which I know how to do). What I don't know how to do is to stop text from moving forward when something is typed in behind it. Example:

Name: Date: Age:

When the name is XXXXX XXXXX it moves the Date and Age fields forward like this:

Name: XXXXX XXXXX Date: Age:

I want it to look and stay like this:

Name: XXXXX XXXXX Date: Age:

I know this is possible to do without fields as I have seen it done before. I'm not sure if they were using tab stops or what but I know it is possible. Please help if you have the solution. Thanks!

Expert:  Travis replied 2 years ago.
Tab stops will work, however you still need to leave room for the data to be entered. In your example above there is only a couple spaces between Name: Age: Date:. Regardless of how you set up the form you will need to have space in between to allow room for data entry. If you can upload the form I can see if the tab stops do work.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok, how do I upload the form?
Expert:  Travis replied 2 years ago.
You can use www.mediafire.com and post the link here.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok, the file has been uploaded. Thanks
Expert:  Travis replied 2 years ago.
Sorry, after you upload the file, copy the link and past the link here so I can download it.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

ok, sorry. Here it is.

 

http://www.mediafire.com/?l3fm14t3ubfmo43

Expert:  Travis replied 2 years ago.
Got, it I'll see what I can do with it and let you know.
Expert:  Travis replied 2 years ago.

The tab stops will work as long as there is enough room between fields for the data. I would still add the form fields for easy click and type entry. Here is a link to a file I modified. I just did the first couple of lines.

 

http://www.mediafire.com/?m2ijmun3m1efxru

 

 

If you found my answer helpful please click accept so I may be compensated for my time. Positive feedback and tips are always appreciated. Thanks, Travis

 

 

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