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    Template Fields in 2010

    We have many templates in Word that have evolved over many years. The Controls (form fields) for the most part are Legacy tools, which work great with the template protected. You can Tab from one field to the next. Our employees are now used to tabbing through the fields.

    We thought that it is a good time to change the form fields to 2010 controls. The change in the Dropdown control so that "&" can be included works for our company names. We discovered that the controls seem to not need to be protected, but they don't work like the legacy tools when tabbing. Whether protected or not, you cannot tab from one field to the next, at Tab is inserted. Are we missing a setting or step to get the Controls to work like the Legacy tools?

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    Tabbing should work for all types of content controls except rich-text controls. If you don't need to allow formatting in a text control, use a plain-text control instead of a rich-text one. A workaround, if you must use rich text, is to put the controls into a table (but then the whole form has to be in a table, because tabbing from the last cell will just add a row to the table).
    Last edited by jjfreedman; 2013-06-13 at 10:22. Reason: Add information

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    Thanks, JJ

    We had used rich-text controls. If we chand to plain-text controls, will the formatting for the style control the plain-text control? I think that most of the form fields are using Normal style, but there could be other styles used within the document.

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