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    Form Fields (Word 2007)

    I have a user who created a form but is having issues with it. If you fill out the form starting from the top and working your way through to the end it seems to work ok. However, if you choose the drop down for the course number and description and fill in your own course number (using the last option - fill in your own course info) it will allow you to type initially but if you go back up to the top and change anything or find a typo in a course number, it seems to have locked you out and you cannot make any changes. I posted the form if anyone has any ideas.

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    Re: Form Fields (Word 2007)

    Oops, when I open this in Word 2003 all the macro functionality seems to get lost in the conversion. Hmmm... hopefully someone with Word 2007 handy can try it out.

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    Re: Form Fields (Word 2007)

    I replied to your question on the wrong thread and had to delete it. But that's OK. My answer has changed. I was able to get the controls to fail as you described. I unprotected the document and checked the control properties but none restricted changes. I also noticed, though, that when I reprotected the document, all the controls worked gain. That made me I wonder whether "protected for forms" has anything to do with this behavior.

    One thing your user could try is replacing the legacy check boxes with content control drop-down lists. (I know, as a user I prefer check boxes too. Not sure why MS didn't include them.) That way your user wouldn't have to protect the form to permit input, but, if protection is needed, could use Group (in the controls section) to protect the form. Another option is to use legacy tools for everything. I hope one of those ideas solves the problem. But...

    One more thing, yours is the third problem I've seen in Word help groups about content controls not working as expected or changing into static text. Although I was unable to duplicate the behavior in files created on my own computer, they were the in the poster's files. Several of us could only come up with clumsy workarounds. I don't know whether these are program errors or a documentation errors. But they should be reported to MS. (One content control problem was addressed in the latest service pack.) The Word MS communities website has a page for application errors. That may be a good place to report these problems. Or maybe Hans or other loungers have other information.

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    Re: Form Fields (Word 2007)

    QUOTE: One thing your user could try is replacing the legacy check boxes with content control drop-down lists. (I know, as a user I prefer check boxes too. Not sure why MS didn't include them.) That way your user wouldn't have to protect the form to permit input, but, if protection is needed, could use Group (in the controls section) to protect the form. Another option is to use legacy tools for everything. I hope one of those ideas solves the problem. But...QUOTE

    I have noticed an annoying thing...Words 2003 tools are still there in the group area, (represented by a trusty hammer and monkey wrench icon), yet when you try to mix these old tools (Microsoft Word 2007 now calls them "legacy tools") with some of the newer content control boxes like text boxes and drop down menus (2007 version) it no longer lets you protect the form AT ALL. As long as you are using 2007 controls...it seems fine. If you use even one legacy control...all protective ability ceases. Anybody have a clue? I did post this on the Word board today. But I always try to search to see if there is a conversation going on about it already. Didn't see this one until I had posted.
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