Update Word Form Controls in C# and VB.NET

Besides reading a form you can also write or update the form field values. This is done by using the FormTextData.Value, FormCheckBoxData.Value or FormDropDownData.SelectedItemIndex property.

When setting the FormText field's value to an IFormattable type (like a number or date), the field's resulting text will depend on the value of FormTextData.ValueFormat.

The following example shows how you can write or modify values of an existing text, check-box and drop-down form fields in a document.

Updating Word document's text, check-box and drop-down form fields in C# and VB.NET
Screenshot of Word file with updated form field values
using GemBox.Document;
using System;

class Program
    static void Main()
        // If using the Professional version, put your serial key below.

        var document = DocumentModel.Load("%#FormFilled.docx%");

        // Get a snapshot of all form fields in the document.
        var formData = document.Content.FormFieldsData;

        // Update "FullName" text field.
        var fullNameData = (FormTextData)formData["FullName"];
        fullNameData.Value = "Jane Doe";

        // Update "BirthDate" text field.
        var birthDateData = (FormTextData)formData["BirthDate"];
        birthDateData.Value = new DateTime(2000, 2, 29);

        // Check "Married" check-box field.
        var marriedData = (FormCheckBoxData)formData["Married"];
        marriedData.Value = true;

        // Select "Female" from drop-down field.
        var genderData = (FormDropDownData)formData["Gender"];
        genderData.SelectedItemIndex = genderData.Items.IndexOf("Female");

        document.Save("Form Updated.%OutputFileType%");
Imports GemBox.Document
Imports System

Module Program

    Sub Main()

        ' If using the Professional version, put your serial key below.

        Dim document = DocumentModel.Load("%#FormFilled.docx%")

        ' Get a snapshot of all form fields in the document.
        Dim formData = document.Content.FormFieldsData

        ' Update "FullName" text field.
        Dim fullNameData = DirectCast(formData("FullName"), FormTextData)
        fullNameData.Value = "Jane Doe"

        ' Update "BirthDate" text field.
        Dim birthDateData = DirectCast(formData("BirthDate"), FormTextData)
        birthDateData.Value = New DateTime(2000, 2, 29)

        ' Check "Married" check-box field.
        Dim marriedData = DirectCast(formData("Married"), FormCheckBoxData)
        marriedData.Value = True

        ' Select "Female" from drop-down field.
        Dim genderData = DirectCast(formData("Gender"), FormDropDownData)
        genderData.SelectedItemIndex = genderData.Items.IndexOf("Female")

        document.Save("Form Updated.%OutputFileType%")

    End Sub
End Module

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