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How to insert a drop down list in Word?

In Word, Drop down list is a good content control for users to select one of preset values from pull-down menu. This article will show you the detailed steps to insert a drop down list in your Word document.

Insert a drop down list in Word

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arrow blue right bubble Insert a drop down list in Word

To insert a drop down list in a Word document, please do as follows:

1. Click File > Options.

2. In the opening Word Options dialog box, please (1) click Customize Ribbon in left bar, (2) check Developer in the right box, and (3) click the OK button. See screenshot:

3. Now the Developer tab is added in the Word Ribbon. Please click Developer > Drop-Down List Content Control button. See screenshot:

4. Now a new drop down list is inserted in current document. Go ahead to click Developer > Properties. See screenshot:

5. In the Content Control Properties dialog box, please:
(1) name the drop down list in the Title box;
(2) click the Add button in the Drop-Down List Properties section;
(3) In the Add Choice dialog box, type one choice in the Display Name box and click the OK button;
(4) Repeat above step (2) and (3) to add other choices for the drop down list;

6. Click the OK button in the Content Control Properties dialog box.

So far, you have inserted a drop down list with specified title and choices in your Word document. See screenshot:

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    Elna · 8 months ago
    How to insert the content control on your developer
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      kellytte · 6 months ago
      Hi Elna,
      Kutools provides to insert Checkboxes (content controls) quickly with several clicks.
      Under the Kutools tab, click the Check Box button, and there is a Check Box Content Control command in the drop down list.