During my work I visit a lot of companies. This gives me a great insight of how Microsoft Office is used by the end user. Seeing people use Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint might just point out to you what issues they experience during work hours. We are getting there is my statement when I look at how we use technology. But what I also see is still a lot of paper being used in the Office. Simple forms for ordering books are still being printed because they need a signature from the head of the department. I think you can think of another example when it comes to forms. What surprises me is that a lot of these companies have the full Microsoft Office suite and don’t use it to its full advantage. So every now and then I point out InfoPath to them and explain how this application can fill that last gap in getting rid of the last paper based forms.
Easy to use – low learning curve
InfoPath is easy to use and has a low learning curve. I will demonstrate this in this blog post. Ofcourse you can make things as complex as you would like but we start of with a simple form to get InfoPath the credits it deserves. In this first blogpost on InfoPath i will emphasize how to create the form and the steps to take to do so. In later posts i will dig deeper into how to share your forms and what role SharePoint can play in your usage of InfoPath 2010. Let’s get started by creating a simple form in InfoPath. I will be using InfoPath 2010 but the techniques you will see apply also to previous versions. If you have a previous version of InfoPath you might have to look around the menubars to find the same functionality because the Ribbon is not available in erlier versions.