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In the documentation file I am working on right now, I have to inform user about filling some optional and mandatory text fields.

Which verb better describes the "putting some text in the field" - "fill in" or "enter"? Here are two examples:

  1. In the newly opened Add Currency window (see Picture 4) fill in Name and Short Name fields and put a check mark next to Default currency checkbox (if required).
  2. In the newly opened Add Currency window (see Picture 4) enter Name and Short Name fields and put a check mark next to Default currency checkbox (if required).

Thanks in advance.

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    I believe use of enter is encouraged by filling in and then pressing the [Enter] key, or in web page era, the [Submit] "button". – Blessed Geek Jun 16 '14 at 3:35
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Either enter text into the fields

or

fill the text fields

entering is what you do to the text.

fill is what you do to the text field.

  • I agree. You fill in a text field by entering text into it. – Andreas Blass Nov 6 '14 at 19:13
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I think enter better describes "putting some text in the field" rather than using fill in.

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