Re: Word - possible to create startup message in a template?

Subject: Re: Word - possible to create startup message in a template?
From: Beth Friedman <bjf -at- wavefront -dot- com>
To: "Alex Silbajoris" <alsilba -at- hotmail -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2000 15:11:13 -0600

In our previous episode, Alex Silbajoris wrote:


Today I was working on a template for a simple little travel report. One of the admins requesting it also asked for an explanatory document, which would give some advice on how to use the template. (I hope to get eventual approval for an in-house web site that will have all our templates along with companion explanataion docs.)

I was able to get most of the information into the File Properties dialog box. I would like to direct the users to that dialog box so they can add their own information. I looked around through macros and fields, but I didn't see anything quite the same as what I want - a popup click-through information window, directing the user to the properties dialog whenever a new blank document is created from the template. Or can I set the template so every time a new document is made from it, that document displays its properties box first?

I'm using Word 97, but for the customer's sake we have to Save As Word 6.0/95.

Anyone heard of such a thing?

Sure, no problem. There are a bunch of "auto" macros built into Word that execute upon certain conditions, if a macro by that name exists. It sounds like what you need is an AutoNew macro that executes every time a new document based on the particular template is created.

Create a new template that does what you want, call it "AutoNew," and save your template. Only problem is, you'll have to do it in Word 95 or Word 6.0 (or fiddle with the macro text to make it backwards compatible), since Word 97 uses a different macro language than previous versions of Word. The Word 97 to Word 95 converter _might_ do it for you, but I don't know for sure.

If you'd like me to do the development work for you, feel free to send me e-mail and we can talk about it.

Beth Friedman / bjf -at- wavefront -dot- com
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