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    Unable to select graphic in unprotected section of form. Please help

    This is a letterhead form. Section 1 is the masthead and is protected against update. Section 2 is unlocked and user can add text. A macro inserts the user's signature.bmp in Section 2. Problem: The Drawing toolbar's Select Object white arrow can not be selected in Section 2. This means the .bmp file can be selected and moved to a different location in the form. If the Section is not protected, why can't an image placed in that section be selected? There's no problem selecting text, though.

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    hi Charlie,

    That's just one of the restrictions that have always been placed on documents using forms protection - if you insert the image as in-line, you can select, resize it, etc, via the mouse (but not via any of the dialogues), but if you insert it with any other layout it's completely inaccessible.
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    Thank you Paul for the reply. What you said makes sense. Maybe Microsoft will have it fixed in Office 2040?

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    They have already fixed it - they have given us Content Controls. You can use these to protect content from editing or deletion without using protected sections.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Hi Andrew, can you please give me an example of what you described?
    Im not familiar with content control in Word 2002.

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    Charlie

    The content controls are a feature added in Word 2007. If you are using older versions of Word (or saving files to the old doc format) then you won't be able to use this feature.

    In Word 2010, you add a content control by showing the Developer Tab and inserting a Rich Text Content Control. You can put your masthead in that and then change the Content Control's property to tick the Locking of "Content Control cannot be edited" and "Content Control cannot be deleted".
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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    Thanks Andrew for info about content containers - I learned something new today and yet another reason to upgrade Office. Unfortunately, I don't get to make that decision at my company.

    Charlie
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