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How To Enable The Control Toolbox In Microsoft Office Word 2007?

Recently I need to use the control toolbox (the function name in Word 2003) to insert some check box to the word document. However, I use for so long time to look for it but still can’t find out where does it locate. Finally, I know where it hides.

If you have used this function in Office 2003 you will find that it is so easy to get from the Menu option, but In Office 2007 is different because you have to turn on the function then only can use it. This function is grouped under a tab call Developer tab and is not enabled by default. To turn it on you need to:

1. Go to Microsoft Office button and select Word Option on the bottom follow by highlighting Popular option.

Selecting The Word Option By Clicking On The Microsoft Office Button
Selecting The Word Option By Clicking On The Microsoft Office Button


2. Checked the box for Show Developer tab and then exit.

Highlight Popular Menu On The Word Option Page
Highlight Popular Menu On The Word Option Page


3. From the main interface you will see the Developer tab enabled.

4. Click on the Developer tab, select Control Group and click the Legacy Tools.

5. Under the Legacy Form, you can choose which ControlBox you like to add.

Click On The Legacy Tool To Select The Form
Click On The Legacy Tool To Select The Form


Note: If the toolbox added has a gray background, you can click the Form Field Shading under Legacy Form to remove the background color.

Click On The Form Field Shading Icon To Remove The Gray Background
Click On The Form Field Shading Icon To Remove The Gray Background



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  1. Linda 11-02-16 07:34

    Thank you for your information, however my office does not have the legacy forms but instead says Forms Controls. I don’t know it that makes a difference but what I am looking for is a way to remove embedded objects that I cut and them paste information off the internet to a word document and then cannot get rid of embedded boxes for instance if there was a price box, or number of items box. I finally found the control Toolbox on the toolbars in 2003 and it worked, now I am back at square one in 2007. Can you please help?