About Form Libraries

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Form libraries provide a simple way for you to share and track XML-based forms (.xml files) that are used to gather the same type of information. For example, you could create a form library for your team's status report forms to provide a single location for team members to quickly fill out, save, and view their forms.

A form template is associated with each form library;this form template defines the structure and appearance of all forms created from the form library, as well as the appropriate application with which to open the form.

Although any file type can be stored in a form library, there are several advantages to storing only .xml files, which require a compatible XML editor, such as Microsoft Office . These advantages include the ability to use form library columns (which can be designed to display specific information stored within each form in the library) and the ability to merge data from mulitple forms into a single form.