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    Dollar sign in text form field (word 2000)

    I have a form that I've created in Word that has multiple text fields. It is saved as a template and protected for forms. When I start a new document based on the template, everything works fine, except that I cannot type a dollar sign ($) in any of the text fields. You can see the dollar sign pop up on the screen for a split second, then it is deleted. I've tried changing the properties of the field, but I can't find anything that changes that.

    Any suggestions?
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    Re: Dollar sign in text form field (word 2000)

    Gary, if you're using "numbers" as the data type for this form field, it won't accept symbols. Unprotect your form and put the $ to the left of the text form field. Perhaps you can even left-align the form field so there's not a gap between the $ and your numbers; not sure.

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    Re: Dollar sign in text form field (word 2000)

    Actually, I have the field formatted as "regular text" and it will accept every other symbol I can think of except a dollar sign.
    Actually, I was just playing with the form and I found something else interesting about the "regular text" form fields. If the first character I type is a letter, then I can't type a dollar sign, for example, if I type the letter "a" and then hold down shift and go across the top row of keys, I get the following: "a~!@#%^&*()_+". Notice there is no dollar sign but the rest of the characters are there. BUT, if I don't type the letter "a" first, and go across the top row of the keyboard, I get this: "~!@#$%^&*()_+". Notice that the dollar sign is now there.
    Any ideas???

    Gary

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    Re: Dollar sign in text form field (word 2000)

    OK, correction to my last post, I've played with this a little more and I've found that it doesn't matter what is typed before the dollar sign, BUT, a dollar sign can ONLY be typed while the field has less than 5 characters in it. Once the dollar sign is there, you can type anything before of after it and it doesn't go away, but if there are more than 5 characters already typed, it won't accept a dollar sign.
    BTW, I can't just put the dollar sign in front of the field because the field is not being used just for a dollar amount, it is usually used to type a sentence or two which sometimes contains a dollar figure.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Gary

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    Re: Dollar sign in text form field (word 2000)

    Hi Gary,

    If the text field contains numbers only (other than the $ of course <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>) then in the form field properties, change the Type to Number and then select a number format. This way the dollar sign will automatically be added for you.

    If the format(s) available is not what you want then just modify it to your liking.

    FWIW, I'm using Word 97 today and it doesn't display this behavior. Have you tried creating a new document, inserting a new Text Form Field, protecting the document and seeing if you can type a $?

    This would determine if it was Word or your form/text form field(s).

    Let us know what you find!
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    Re: Dollar sign in text form field (word 2000)

    I tried creating a new form with Text Form Fields and I don't have any problem with $ signs.
    FWIW I'm using W2000 9.0.3821 SR-1 running on W2000.
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