Create a fillable form in Writer

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    The video "Ein ausfüllbares Formular erstellen in Writer - LibreOffice" ( "Create a fillable form") links to this page here for more information and details.

    The document used in the video can be downloaded here.

    Basis of this description is the Online Help Form Controls

    Link to the video

    Link to the video [in German DE]:

    "Ein ausfüllbares Formular erstellen in Writer - LibreOffice"

    Create a sales contract form

    LibreOffice - Create a purchase contract as a fillable form in Writer as ODT and export to PDF for use.

    Use existing document for the form

    To show how to create a fillable form, you can take a ready-made ODT file Bill of sale about used item_V6.odt.

    The captions and required text passages have already been created in this file.

    The contained "framed boxes" are all tables.

    Form Controls insert

    Form Controls toolbar
    Combinations for Text Box

    In Writer you can now insert so-called Form Controls in the open file.

    Form Controls are the fillable Fields in the document.

    To do this you select the menu View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Form Controls and get the "Form Controls" toolbar.

    Here the text field is often used - Example: Textfield.

    Design Mode

    The Form Controls toolbar has the Design Mode toggle icon 741 Writer Icon DesignMode.png.

    This switches to the "Edit form fields" or "View form fields" work mode.

    If the control icons are greyed out, click on "Design Mode" toggle.

    Text box

    To insert a Text Box into the form, click on the "Text Box" 741 Writer Icon Textfield.png icon.

    The cursor changes its appearance, becomes a crosshair with a small rectangle next to it. 741 Writer Cursor Fadenkreuz.png

    You can position the crosshairs on the imaginary upper left corner of the Text Box to be created.

    Click-hold-drag left mouse button to open a Text Box and then release.

    The sidebar should be visible (the icon in the View ▸ Sidebar menu should be highlighted in light blue 741 Writer MenuIcon Seitenleiste.png, otherwise click on it).

    In the sidebar, click the "Sidebar Settings" 741 Writer Sidebar IconSettings 02.png icon to make the properties sidebar visible.

    There the width and height of the Text Box can be adjusted, if the Text Box was raised and marked.

    Double-clicking on the Text Box opens the "Text Box > Properties" dialog.

    Here also the width and height can be set, as well as further specifications for the Text Box are made.

    For our form we set the height of all Text Box to 0.60 cm.

    The width is adapted to the circumstances.

    For the given height of 0.60 cm the font "Calibri" and a font size of 9 pt are set.

    In order to avoid having to adjust all values for the Text Box, we copy the inserted Text Box and insert the next placeholder.

    For a clear assignment of the Text Box, the name of the Text Box should be changed (for example: Text Box 1, Text Box 2, Text Box 3, etc.).

    So now all required Text Boxes are inserted and possibly even in width still adapted.

    Here are the entries for the Text Boxes:

    Entries for : Text field 1 bis 12 Text field 13 bis 16 Text field 17 bis 19 Text field 20 bis 22 Text field 23 bis 25 Text field 26 Text field 27 bis 29
    Font Calibri Calibri Calibri Calibri Calibri Calibri Calibri
    Font size 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
    Text highlighting Default Default Default Default Default Default Default
    Width 8,00 cm 13,60 cm 16,60 cm 16,60 cm 16,60 cm 13,60 cm 6,60 cm
    Height 0,60 cm 0,60 cm 0,60 cm 0,60 cm 0,60 cm 0,60 cm 0,60 cm

    Numeric Field

    Click on the "Form Controls" toolbar on the symbol "Numeric Field" 741 Writer Icon NumericField.png.

    This is required for the stated EURO amounts (shown in numbers, for example 200.00).

    This excludes that a text is entered from provided.

    You also adjust the Numerical Fields in height, width and font in the "Numeric Field > Properties" dialog.

    Here the orientation is set to "Left".

    Here are the entries for the Numerical Fields:

    Entries for: Numeric field 1 Numeric field 2
    Font Calibri Calibri
    Font size 9 9
    Text highlighting Default Default
    Width 5,20 cm 5,20 cm
    Height 0,60 cm 0,60 cm

    Date Field

    Furthermore, you still need three Date Fields.

    To do this, click on the "Date Field" icon 741 Writer Icon DateField.png and pull up a field.

    The further adjustments in the dialog:

    "Date Field > Properties", proceed as mentioned above.

    Alignment here also "left".

    For the "Date Format" you indicate in the dialog "DD/MM/YYYY".

    Here are the other entries for the Date Fields:

    Entries for: Date field 1 Date field 2 Date field 3
    Font Calibri Calibri Calibri
    Font size 9 9 9
    Text highlighting Default Default Default
    Width 6,60 cm 6,60 cm 6,60 cm
    Höeight 0,60 cm 0,60 cm 0,60 cm

    Simultaneous change to multiple form fields

    You can also change the properties of multiple form fields at the same time.

    Select Form ▸ Form Navigator… from the menu.

    In the Form Navigator dialog, select the form fields you want to change.

    You can do this with ⇧ Shift + Click resp. Ctrl + Click, each time on a form label.

    Then right-click on one of the form labels and select "Properties" from the context menu.

    In the "Properties: Multiselection" dialog, you can now change the desired properties.

    For example, set the background color to orange.

    Manage Icons

    Manage icons

    In the "Form Controls" toolbar you will find four Manage icons on the left side.

    Select arrow icon

    With the Selection arrow you can select ingle or multiple controls in Design Mode. 741 Writer Icon Select.png

    Design Mode icon

    This icon is a toggle between Design Mode for editing controls and View Mode, where you can enter text or values in the Form Controls. 741 Writer Icon DesignMode.png

    Toggle Form Controls Wizards icon

    The icon toggles the Wizards for automatic Form Controls on or off. 741 Writer Icon ToggleFormControlsWizzards.png

    Use these Wizards to enter the properties of List Boxes, Table Control, and other Form Controls.

    Form Design icon

    The icon Toggles the "Form Design" toolbar on or off. 741 Writer Icon FormDesign.png

    Form Design toolbar

    Form Design toolbar

    As mentioned above, the Form Design toolbar can be toggled on or off using the Form Design icon on the Form Controls toolbar.

    But it can also be done from the View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Form Design menu.

    Save document

    After all fields have been inserted, the document must now be saved under a new name if possible, for example: "Bill of sale about used item_V6 - fillable.odt".

    Export PDF / Save

    Create PDF form

    In the next step, you conclude with Writer File ▸ Export as ▸ Export as PDF….

    In the Dialog that opens "PDF Options" be careful that at 201905 ENLOHB Dialog box PDF Options Create PDF Form.png a check mark is placed.

    Also pay attention to the possibility to allow duplicate field names or not.

    Click on Export.

    In the following Dialog "Export" you select our storage location, enter a name and click on Save.

    Now you can close Writer.

    Create a hybrid PDF

    To create a hybrid PDF

    Fill out the PDF form

    Now open the exported PDF file in a PDF reader (e.g. Adobe Reader), see: Used working documents.

    Now you can fill out the form.

    After the completed filling it is essential to save the PDF file under a new name, e.g. "My completed form".

    Dependence of the height of the fields on the font size

    When using the control fields, make sure that there is a dependency between Font size and type with the Field height.

    In our example of use, the font "Calibri" and font size of "9 point" were used for the "Text fields", "Numeric fields" and "Date fields".

    Some combinations with font size and type and field height

    Examples, see picture: Size combinations for Text Boxes

    The values do not always agree 100%.

    If in doubt, a test with the desired combination of font, size, etc. should be carried out beforehand.

    Further informations

    New Content Controls in Writer V7.4/7.5

    Content Controls in Writer

    Used working documents

    working document used

    Bill of sale about used item_V6.odt

    Bill of sale about used item_V6 - fillable.odt

    Bill of sale about used item_V6 - fillable.pdf

    Combinations for Text Boxes (ODT)

    Notes on the forms used here

     As the basis of this form the form "Allgemeiner Kaufvertrag von privat" of
     was used and can be downloaded for free by anyone.

    Please refer:,AllgemeinerKaufvertrag/inhalt.htm there at "Allgemeiner Kaufvertrag von privat - Muster zum Download".

    The form used here is only a demonstration of how fillable forms can be created in LibreOffice.

    The Document Foundation and the editor Hrbrgr (talk) 2018-03-06T19:22:22 (UTC) of these forms are not responsible for the use of these contract forms, this is at their own responsibility.

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