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    I have a template document created in Word 2000 created by another which uses bookmarks to form a 'mailmerge'.
    The data displayed is not retained in a field but inserted into the document that is created. The inserted 'data' is a string that includes text and a number. The problem being that the text has an initial capital letter which I need to change to lowercase. I have tried including \*Lowercase using Alt-F9 and also by selecting the bookmark and changing 'properties' to Lowercase but neither have worked.
    I can't gain access to the dBase management software to change the text that forms the string since it is propriety software. All I can change is the .dot file.
    Any suggestions please? A success here may allow other changes in other templates

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    You state "The data displayed is not retained in a field but inserted into the document that is created".
    Where did you try to insert \*Lowercase if it is not a field?

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    [quote name='HansV' post='798084' date='15-Oct-2009 11:07']You state "The data displayed is not retained in a field but inserted into the document that is created".
    Where did you try to insert \*Lowercase if it is not a field?[/quote]
    The bookmark appears as [ ] in the text and when Alt-F9 is used appears as [{Formtext }] by right clicking I can bring up the properties box and change the setting to Lowercase in text format. The other method tried was to simply add after formtext so it appears [{Formtext \*Lowercase}]
    To try to explain as an example, although different; when I have previously created templates myself, data that is used in bookmarks can be repeated and printed at multiple locations. This particular template and some others for the same software do not do this. They do not seem to capture the data or allow the data to be captured but simply copy the data as a piece of text into the doc.
    I don't know if the above makes this any clearer?

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    The \* LOWER (not \* LOWERCASE) switch doesn't work for form fields, but selecting Lowercase in the Text format dropdown in the Text Form Field Options dialog should force the contents to be displayed in lower case.

    Could you attach a small sample document demonstrating the problem? Remove or alter proprietary information.

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    The letter attached has had all the surplus text and autotext graphics removed.
    The bookmarks etc are as original.
    I have zipped the file 1050.dot to allow it to upload.
    [attachment=85998:1050a.zip]
    The resultant file is 27563.zip
    [attachment=86001:27563.zip]

    Hope this helps

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    Apparently, the "merge" process doesn't set the value of the formfields, it replaces them with text. That's why specifying formfield properties doesn't help - the formfields aren't present in the resulting document any more.
    You can select text in the end result and use Format | Change case... or Shift+F3 to change text to lower case.

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    [quote name='HansV' post='798181' date='15-Oct-2009 17:25']Apparently, the "merge" process doesn't set the value of the formfields, it replaces them with text. That's why specifying formfield properties doesn't help - the formfields aren't present in the resulting document any more.
    You can select text in the end result and use Format | Change case... or Shift+F3 to change text to lower case.[/quote]
    Sorry for delay in responding

    Is there any way that the text inserted in this way can be captured? Possibly then used to create a bookmark. There are other documents where such a facility could be used to advantage

    Thanks for info so far.

    Duncan

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    The template that you attached higher up in this thread does not contain any macros, so I assume that the code to fill it resides in the proprietary software you mentioned. That makes it difficult, if not impossible to capture the text being inserted.

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    [quote name='HansV' post='799025' date='20-Oct-2009 17:11']The template that you attached higher up in this thread does not contain any macros, so I assume that the code to fill it resides in the proprietary software you mentioned. That makes it difficult, if not impossible to capture the text being inserted.[/quote]
    I guess you can't win them all.

    Thanks very much for checking this out

    Regards

    Duncan

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