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Default Filling Out Pre Printed Forms

I'm sure someone has a better solution than this!

My firm uses forms. The forms are available in word format, however,
they're preprinted with colors and such and they don't want us printing the
entire form over and over again so we're stuck with trying to fill out the
preprinted forms. So we've got these forms and I'm trying to figure out a
way of filling them out online and printing them so that only the feilds that
are filled out get printed on the preprinted forms.

What I've devised so far are tables with hidden text and cells with exact
heights and widths so data entered in form feilds are locked into place and
do not exceed or reformat or "push around" the fields as they are filled out.
When designing these tables I print a sheet with the table lines on it, hold
it over the preprinted form and hold it up to the light to see exactly where
the lines and fields fall. I then fidget with it until I get them lined up
in the correct places. As you can imagine, this is tedeous, time consuming
work.

THERE'S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY! I'm sure that in the business world of
forms and more forms that we have today that someone has figured something
out like this. Can anyone please point me in the right direction or am I
stuck with holding papers up to the light?

Thanks for any help in advance!
Best,
Dax Arroway
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