Smokeball Word Features

The Microsoft Word integration is a core functionality of Smokeball. Generating documents from the Precedent Library saves time and ensures accuracy for your firm’s drafted documents.

The integration adds helpful Smokeball buttons to Word. This article walks through the basics of leveraging Smokeball’s Word features. Precedent and document automation features also use this integration to seamlessly pull matter data from Smokeball.

Keep both Smokeball and Word applications open on your computer to provide a seamless experience.

There are many ways to use Word with Smokeball:

Working on a letter or precedent Working on documents to multiple addressees Working on a document outside Smokeball Working on a PDF precedent

Working on a letter or precedent

Navigating the Smokeball Toolbar

Expand the toolbar on the right panel of the document to access matter details and additional automation options.


The first buttons in the toolbar allow you to create new precedents or letters from Word itself:

  • Letter: Generates a letter to a contact. Learn more about creating letters.
    • Form: Generates a cover letter.
  • Precedent: Opens the Precedent Library.
  • Matters: This creates a blank document and allows you to attach it to another existing matter.

The toolbar pulls matter details into Word and allows you to amend the data.


Double-click the arrow on the relevant field to amend the data.


Right-click on a field for further data amendment options.


When you make changes to these fields, those changes will sync back to Smokeball.

If you update matter data and then open an existing document, you have the option to update the data in the saved document from the toolbar.

Navigating the Smokeball Ribbon


  • Save & Close icon: Save the document to the Smokeball matter file and close the document.
    • Save: Allows you to instantly save the document to Smokeball without closing it.
    • Save As: Allows you to rename and save the document without closing it.
  • Billable?: By default (when blue), the button charges the time spent on the document to the client. Switch off the button if you do not want to charge the client for the document.
    • This button is not visible if AutoTime is turned off or if the matter is a fixed fee matter.
  • Message: Sends the document via secure message with the Client Portal.
    • Click Message.
    • Require the recipient to go through Multi-Factor Authentication to gain access to the document.
    • Click the Add button to send the document to the parties or staff members.
    • Type a Message in the box to accompany the document.
    • Rename the document in the File name field if required.
    • Click Share to send the document.
  • Email: Allows you to send the document in an email via Outlook.
  • Sign: Allows you to insert Electronic Signatures with InfoTrack: DocuSign.
  • Close: Closes the document without saving.

Create envelopes and labels


Grey shading on your precedent denotes a text form field. Double-click the shading and amend the text in the subsequent dialogue window.

If you want to remove the text form field and type directly on the document: Highlight the text form field and hold down Ctrl + Shift + F9.

Additional automation options

Run questions for this form:
Appears on precedents with Ask automations. Click this option to regenerate automated questions.

Replace references: This allows you to replace an automated precedent field with another matter field or contact. It is useful when:

  • You want to duplicate the entire edited document but change the contact's name (make sure to use Save & Close dropdown > Save As option to duplicate the existing document in Smokeball). 
  • You are working on a precedent from a separate matter type with different fields.

To use this:

  1. Click Replace References.
  2. In the dialogue window, select the automated precedent field in the Replace dropdown menu.
  3. Select the field or contact to insert into the precedent in the With menu.
  4. Click OK.

Matter settings: Allows you to add uncommon fields or contact the matter in Word. You can also view matter changes in Matter History.

Change the matter: Continue working with an empty version of the precedent for a different matter. It is useful when you need to draft multiple copies of the same precedent for different matters. Make sure to use the Save & Close dropdown > Save or Save As option before changing the matter.

Provide feedback on this form: Appears on Court & Authority Forms or Marketplace Precedents. It allows you to provide a quick suggestion to the Product team about the precedent. The product team may contact you for further discussion about the feedback.

Working on a PDF precedent

A PDF format precedent opens in Smokeball’s PDF viewer. Smokeball automates available data to text form fields. Otherwise, click each field to input information.

Learn more about PDF precedents.

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