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    Instructions for form completion (Word 2000 SR 1)

    I'm developing a series of forms for users to complete in Word. I want many of the forms to be locked. I'd like to include general instructions for completing each form somewhere on each document. None of the other users work with hidden text on. I don't really want to use a Comment for general instructions unless I have to. (I will use Comments for specific instructions for the form fields.) What I would like is to use the General section in Properties for each document - but when the form is protected, the General section is grayed out, which makes the instructions difficult to see. Is there is a way to "unprotect" just the Properties, while retaining the protected status of the document?

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    Re: Instructions for form completion (Word 2000 SR 1)

    Hi Erica,

    The form fields themselves provide a means of adding Help to either the status bar or by pressing <F1>.

    Would either of these work for you?

    For example, you could add the ability to press <F1> on the first form field for general instructions. Your only limitation here is 255 characters for each Help message.
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    Re: Instructions for form completion (Word 2000 SR 1)

    For the specific form field instructions they could work, but I wanted something more immediately visible - which is why I chose Comments. However, for the very general form instructions - like "Tab to move from field to field; click Space Bar to insert a checkmark into a check box" ; this form's submission requires the following documents be attached: blah blah blah" - I thought a good place to stash the info would be the document properties.

    Thank you for your reply,

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    Re: Instructions for form completion (Word 2000 SR 1)

    Hi Erica,

    In the past I've created a Userform that contains these types of instructions and then assigned a keyboard shortcut to display it. You could also have it automatically prompt upon creating a new document.

    For several forms that need similar instructions I create a basic form with a tab control that I copy from form to form. I leave the first tab empty so I can add instructions specific for the current form and then additional tabs for keyboard shortcuts etc.

    Could you use something like this?
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