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    Template Modification (Word 2000)

    I have an application that I use all the time that I am trying to turn into a Word 2000 template. The application is typed, but I just have lines that were created using the drawing toolbar to create the space where the answers have to go. When I type the response, the type inserts itslef into the line and invariably throws off the formatting of the appication.

    What I want is to be able to click on the line and be able to have the printed data replace the line. What Word function will do this?

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    Re: Template Modification (Word 2000)

    Well, I think the easiest thing to do would actually be to use a table with a border on the bottom. However, you couldn't get the border to go away just by typing in the cell if you do that.

    What if you set up an macrobutton with the display text being underlined spaces. If you use the Macrobutton, the text (or underlined spaces) would disappear when you begin typing. What I don't know is if the underlining would stay or not?

    Here is what help says about MacroButtons:

    Field codes: MacroButton field
    { MACROBUTTON MacroName DisplayText }

    Inserts a macro command, which you can run by double-clicking the results of a MACROBUTTON field. You can also click in the MACROBUTTON field and then press ALT+SHIFT+F9.

    Instruction Explanation
    MacroName The name of the macro to run when you double-click the field result. The macro must be available in the active document template or a global template.

    DisplayText The text or graphic to appear as the "button." You can use a field that results in text or a graphic, such as BOOKMARK or INCLUDEPICTURE. The text or graphic must appear on one line in the field result; otherwise, an error occurs.


    Example
    Double-clicking the following field runs the PrintEnvelope macro.

    Field:
    Double-click { MACROBUTTON PrintEnvelope } to print an envelope for this letter.

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    Re: Template Modification (Word 2000)

    Take a look at the "online forms" feature in Word. (Look in help.) For more follow the links at Word Web Resources - Forms (addbalance.com/word/wordwebresources.htm) especially Dian Chapman's series of articles.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: Template Modification (Word 2000)

    Thanks for directing me to these sites. I will study them closely. I found somthing with the type of coding that I was looking for, but the attachment is slightly over the 100K limit so I can't forward it. I really wish Word had the "Reveal Codes" feature of WordPerfect. Does Word have anything like that?

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    Re: Template Modification (Word 2000)

    OK OK. I will stop pining for "Reveal Codes" and master "Styles".

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    Re: Template Modification (Word 2000)

    Word and Word Perfect work very differently from one another. Each program's methods have strengths and weaknesses, but if you try to use one of these programs as if it were the other, it is like pushing on a string! You can easily make a lot of extra work for yourself. <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15> If you are unwilling to take the time to learn to use Word's methods, you should stick to using Word Pad. You'll have a lot less grief, although you'll miss out on a lot of raw power.

    See Word for Word Perfect Users (addbalance.com/word/wordperfect.htm)
    Word Perfect compared to Word (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Tips and Gotchas (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Does Word Have Reveal Codes? (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Word Perfect to Word Converters and Why None of Them Are Perfect
    Converting Documents from Word Perfect to Word
    for information on Word for Word Perfect users.

    For more:
    How to Create a Template (Part 1) (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    How to Create a Template (Part 2) - download the Word version which includes a template built the way the tutorial describes. It is a work of art. (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Word's Numbering Explained by John McGhie (mvps.org/word/FAQs/)
    Understanding Styles (addbalance.com/usersguide/styles.htm)


    In Word 2000 or later you can get the function keys to display in a special toolbar at the bottom of the screen if you want (something like pressing F3 twice in WP). The following macro will do this.

    Sub ShowMeFunctionKeys()
    Commandbars("Function Key Display").Visible = True
    End Sub


    Learn about Styles - really learn! I resisted for years and now regret every day of those years because although that string was still very hard to push, it kept getting longer and longer, and had some very important projects tied to it! Once you understand styles and the Word concept of organizing things into Chinese boxes everything falls into place and instead of pushing a string, you can push a button that turns on the very powerful text processing machine known as Microsoft Word and it will start doing your work for you instead of running around behind you trying to undo what you just thought you did.

    So much for my rant. <img src=/S/hushmouth.gif border=0 alt=hushmouth width=16 height=16>

    Finally, in WP a lot of people use macros to hold chunks of text - boilerplate. In Word this function is filled with AutoText and AutoCorrect, not macros. Follow the links at Word Web Resources - AutoText for more information on these tools.
    It's a lot of reading, I know. It's OK to chunk it down and do a bit each day, but I would recommend that you make it a top priority to do that bit each day.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
    Madison, Wisconsin

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