Re: MS Word Text Form Fields

Subject: Re: MS Word Text Form Fields
From: "Chris Morton" <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Keith Hood" <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 03:41:30 -0700

Problem is, the form is a document template that must be 100% editable by
many people. So I presume that it should *not* be locked in any manner. Is
this correct?

> Jagdriver


On 5/14/08, Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
>
> The fields do have to be locked before the Tab or
> arrow keys can be used to navigate between the fields.
> As long as they're unlocked, you can edit the fields
> but they don't work as form elements.
>
> Like so many other things in Word, there's at least
> two ways to lock or unlock these fields. Both of them
> also prevent others from editing the document. If you
> open the Tools menu and select "Protect Document,"
> Word opens the "Protect Document" pane - refer to the
> attached graphic. That pane allows you to set the
> document so that users can fill in forms. If you then
> set a password on the document, the fields will then
> work as form elements.
>
> Unfortunately, the action of the padlock icon on the
> toolbar is NOT fully compatible with the action of the
> password protection applied through the Tools menu. If
> you use the padlock icon to lock the fields, you can
> unlock the fields by clicking Tools > Unprotect
> Document. However, it doesn't work the same in
> reverse. If you set the password by using the Tools
> menu and then click the padlock icon, Word displays a
> dialog box and prompts you to enter the password. So,
> if someone locks the fields by using the Tools menu,
> and a second person tries to unlock them using the
> padlock icon, the second user will not be able to edit
> the document until the password is entered.
>
> Which way to lock the document depends on the
> situation. If you use the padlock icon on the Forms
> toolbar, you don't have to worry about forgetting the
> password. But, if you lock by using the padlock icon,
> anyone who knows how to open the toolbar can unlock
> the document and edit it. There may be situations when
> you need to use the password to keep unauthorized
> people from editing the file.
>
>
> --- Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> wrote:
>
> > There is a lock button in the form toolbar. (Make
> > sure the "Forms" toolbar
> > is visible and the button with the padlock is
> > toggled on for form entry and
> > off for editing the form.) Form fields and other
> > controls only work when
> > the form is locked as a form and not unlocked as a
> > document. Text can only
> > be entered in appropriate fields and tabbing through
> > fields is available
> > when the form is locked.
> >
> > Lauren
> >
> >
> > _____
> >
> > From: Chris Morton [mailto:salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com]
> > Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 2:52 PM
> > To: Lauren; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > Subject: Re: MS Word Text Form Fields
> >
> >
> > I didn't develop the form, so I don't know if it's
> > locked or not. How can I
> > tell? What bearing might this have on my question?
> > Is it something that can
> > implemented, but only if the form is unlocked first?
> >
> >
> > On 5/14/08, Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> wrote:
> >
> > Did you lock your form?
> >
> > Lauren
> >
> > > From: Chris Morton
> >
> > > I'm working with a custom app that offers an MS
> > Word module
> > > comprised of
> > > Text Form Fields.
> > >
> > > Is there a way to quickly jump from one blank in
> > the form to another?
> > > Tabbing doesn't work.
> > >
> > > > Jagdriver
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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RE: MS Word Text Form Fields: From: Keith Hood

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