Automate this form!
October 5, 2011 3:03 PM Subscribe
Endless paperwork! How do I automate filling out a .doc form? Challenge: cannot involve downloading/installing any new software
As part of my job I have to frequently fill out long regulatory forms. These forms often require the same information in multiple places (names, phone numbers, etc.). Cut and paste helps, but it's still slow going. There must be a better way! Important details:
-I am using MS Office 2007. I am not intimidated by things like form fields, but don't know their inner workings.
-The blank form changes relatively frequently due to a busy bee in the review committee, probably every six months or so, so any solution needs to be flexible enough and not rely on the document always being the same.
-The document I am filling out is a MS word document. At present it is not locked, though they may do this soon and use some combination of form fields and who knows what.
-*the big annoying one* I cannot download and/or install any new outside software. I do not have that ability on this machine. The chances of cooperation from IT are slim to none. (no autohotkey, no autoit, etc.)