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    Form fields and bullets (Word 97 SR2)

    OK, thinking caps on.
    Word document has been created with form field. The form field (having bookmark name, I'll call it Text1) is cross referenced later in the document. The Form field is formatted with a number bullet and as the user enters text and hard returns, the form field expands complete with bullets.
    Further on in the document, the cross reference to the form field book mark text, is also shown with bullets inherited I believe from the original form field.
    I want to have the cross reference bullets restart at 1, but no matter what I do, the bullet numbers go somewhat loopy.
    I attach a sample doc to see the problem.
    The cross reference has been formatted with number bullet to restart numbering.
    Unprotect and protect the form to reset the form field.
    Any suggestions?
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    Re: Form fields and bullets (Word 97 SR2)

    Putting the switch <font color=blue>* Mergeformat</font color=blue> on the ref field seems to do the trick.

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    Re: Form fields and bullets (Word 97 SR2)

    I tried the Ref Text1*Mergeformat but when I entered the form field and updated I was left with the cross reference bulleted as 1;4;2 (when using three bullets as the form field).
    Copy doc attached.
    Any other suggestions or is there a particular setting I am not using that flips the bullets.?
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    Re: Form fields and bullets (Word 97 SR2)

    Oh dear!

    This is strangely reminiscent of the discussion following post 134810 and post 135177.

    The solution in that case was to use * Charformat, but I tried this and it doesn't seem to work with the bullets - that are a paragraph rather than a character format.

    Maybe someone cleverer than I can help you.

    StuartR

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    Re: Form fields and bullets (Word 97 SR2)

    You are pushing the boundaries of the software here but I think it can be controlled by macros and styles in your document. I applied one of my templates to the doc so I could use my macros and it appears to do the job.

    Have a look at the file I have attached and let me know if it is doing what you require. If it works for you then I will provide the info you need to set your files up.
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    Re: Form fields and bullets (Word 97 SR2)

    Andrew,
    I have tried the file and it appears to be working fine. A workaround I was planning to use was to have the user not type over the final full stop (or character) of the form field and it then seems to obey the update without changing the bullet numbers. But your version seems infinitely more user friendly. If you could post the solution I'd much appreciate it.
    Thanks
    Alan
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    btw, if the cross reference bullets in the original file are change to bullets and not numbers, then you get a weird pseudonumberbullet result, ie, bullet, bullet, number, bullet, bullet

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    Re: Form fields and bullets (Word 97 SR2)

    The code you need to implement stable, reproducible lists is attached to this thread. You will need to include the mergeformat switch in the field as well.
    http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.p...&o=7#Post139134
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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