Content Controls

A content control is a placeholder text in which the current content will be replaced when clicking into the control. Content controls are individual controls to add and customize for use in templates, forms, and documents. Content controls can provide instructional text and set controls to disappear when users type in their own text.

To access this command...

From the menu bar:

Choose Forms - Content Controls.

Content controls have many properties and are similar to the legacy controls but can be easier to work with and format.

Rich Text

Contains custom formatted text or other items, such as tables, pictures, or other content controls.

Plain Text

A plain text content control is limited to plain text in a single or multiple paragraphs. Unlike rich text, it cannot contain other items, such as tables, pictures, or other content controls.


Contains a single image anchored as-character. Clicking on the content control opens the file open dialog to provide a replacement for the picture placeholder.

Check Box

Contains a single check box character to interact with. Clicking on the content control toggles the checked state of the check box.

Combo Box

Contains a drop-down selection of list entries that you can select and text box that you can edit directly.

Drop-down List

Contains a drop-down button control with a list of display-text and value pairs. Unlike a combo box, the drop-down list does not let users enter a custom input.


Contains a calendar control. Limits text to a single paragraph.


Allows setting various properties on the content control which is under the current cursor.

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