Change a layout table into a repeating table

You can use the Change To option that appears when you right-click a control to quickly change one type of control to another. For example, you can convert a layout table to a repeating table.

You can use repeating tables to offer your users an extra degree of flexibility when filling out forms. When you use repeating tables, your form template doesn't have to show numerous blank rows when the user first opens it. Instead, users typically see just one row and only add more when and if they need them. This saves space in the form and offers users an extra degree of personalization.

  1. In the form template, right-click anywhere inside of the layout table that you want to convert.

  2. On the shortcut menu, point to Change To, and then click Repeating Table.

  3. In the Change To Repeating Table dialog box, do one or more of the following:

    • To specify the header rows for the repeating table, enter a value in the Number of rows to keep as a table header box. You typically use the header row for column headings.

    • To specify the footer rows for the repeating table, enter a value in the Number of rows to keep as a table footer box. Many tables do not include footer rows.

    • To specify the number of data rows to use, enter a value in the Number of repeating rows to include while filling out the form box. The data row is a row that can "repeat" in the form as many times as necessary

  4. On the Insert menu, click More Controls, or press ALT+I, C.

  5. Insert the controls that you want in the table cells.

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