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Word 2007 how do I fill in & print a form?

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by ron40, Jun 19, 2012.

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  1. ron40

    ron40 Thread Starter

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    I have a standard form that must be filled out & mailed for each patient in order for me to get reimbursed. I have scanned the form to a jpg format & would like to be able to "fill in the blanks" with Word 2007, print out the completed form & retain a copy on my PC for each patient. Can that be done? This would save me a lot of trouble.
    Any help appreciated.
     
  2. WendyM

    WendyM Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Hi Ron,
    It can't be done if you've scanned it as just a picture, but if you're able to scan it with optical character recognition (OCR) then you might be able to copy it into Word or edit the jpg itself. You can download IrfanView, which is a free graphics program and it has an OCR plugin. But if the form is not very long or very complicated, you'll probably have better luck just recreating it in Word. OCR can be unreliable depending on the quality of the scan and you may do just as much work cleaning it up as you would retyping it. And of course the best option would be if you could contact the form originator and get it electronically. They may already have it in Word which would save a ton of time. Hope that helps.
     
  3. ron40

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    Hi Wendy:
    I heard about someone who did it with ms word but I don't know any more than that. I did some Google searching & at the least it's not easy, One site described a method using headers, which can be moved behind or in front of pictures but it looked very complicated. I think I'm going to give up because even if it can be done it's probably too much work. Thanks for your help.
    Ron
     
  4. WendyM

    WendyM Retired Trusted Advisor

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    No problem, and I understand completely why you wouldn't want to take it on. It can be done, but you're right that it's not easy. It might still be worth a shot to reach out the originator of the form and see if they have it electronically though. The worst they can say is no. :)

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