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    Word 2007 Content Control & Document Protection

    I'm just using the Building Block Gallery Control for the first time. I find that when I protect the document (even if the control is in an unprotected section), the control doesn't work. It appears it must be used in an unprotected document.

    Has anyone else run into this? Any comments or suggestions?
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    Does it work if you type the name of the building block and press F3?
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    That's the way they are designed to work. If you want to keep people from changing a control, you can choose one or both of the lock control options. If you want to prevent people from accidentally changing the surrounding text, you can "group" it. There's no password involved so people "in the know" can turn it off easily. But this is an obscure setting, so for a while there won't be many who know.

    Pam

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamCaswell View Post
    If you want to prevent people from accidentally changing the surrounding text, you can "group" it.
    Can you expand on this? Group the control with text outside the control? Group how?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Lockton View Post
    Does it work if you type the name of the building block and press F3?
    I believe it does. But I'm trying to avoid having to distribute a list of BB Names
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    Insert the content control. Select the text that you want to 'protect', and then in the Controls group in the Developer tab, click on Group > Group. Note that you don't even have to have a content control within the selection, to be able to protect the selection from editing by Grouping it.

    If you then try to edit any of the text that has been grouped, you'll see a prompt in the status bar that says "This modification is not allowed because the selection is locked".

    The main downside to this type of edit protection, as Pam alluded, is that it's not password-protected, and anyone who knows how to get to the Group/Ungroup commands in the Developer tab, can defeat it.

    Gary

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