Set a control as read-only

If you do not want users to change the contents of a control, you can make the control read-only.

Note: This option is available only for text boxes, rich text boxes, bulleted lists, numbered lists, and plain lists.

  1. Right-click the control that you want to set as read-only, and then click Control Properties on the shortcut menu.

  2. Click the Display tab.

  3. Select the Read-only check box.

    Note: Making a control read-only prevents users from typing in that control, but it does not affect the control's appearance in any way.

Tip: You can also use conditional formatting to make a control read-only unless a specific value is entered into another control. For example, a text box for a driver's license number can be read-only unless the user enters an appropriate age into another control on the form.

Was this information helpful?

Great! Any other feedback?

How can we improve it?

Thank you for your feedback!