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    Form Template (Word 97)

    I am a very unsophisticated user. So please bear that in mind as you review my problem.

    I have created a form template in Word 97 that I wish to use to collect data from a small group of business associates. I plan to distribute the form and receive the responses via email. My form template contains a table, several drop down form fields, and several text form fields. All the various fields are defined as to type, length, and format. The template is "locked" so that the form user should not be able to modify it. However, while testing my creation, I found that the user can easily "distort" the form by pressing the "enter" key or the "tab" key while entering data in any of the form data fields. I cannot find any reference to this problem in Word's Help section. Nor was I able to find an applicable thread in previous Lounge postings.

    If anyone knows what can be done to overcome my problem, I would certainly appreciate your assistance. Alternatively, if anyone knows of an inexpensive forms creation software package that is more user friendly that what is available in Word, I am interested in that as well.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Form Template (Word 97)

    Pace your formfields in a table cell. You can then go to Table/Properties/row tab & set the row heigth to Exactly 14 pts. (for 12 pt text). You might have to experiment a little. Even if your default measurements are in inches, you can type in points (e.g. 14 pt). The user can still press enter, but nothing will show up. By the way, pressing the tab key should take you from one formfield to another in a protected form; it shouldn't have the size of a formfield.

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    Re: Form Template (Word 97)

    I have experimented with your suggestions and believe I can now create a form that will deliver the information I need and that the users cannot distort. Thanks for the great advice.

    If you will allow me to test your patience just one more time, here's something else I would like to accomplish. I wish to place a form field (text) in a frame large enough for three lines. If I use a table with one column and three rows and place a form field in each of the three rows, the user must "tab" to reach the second and third rows. Is there a cleaner way to execute this without encountering my original problem where the user can distort the form by pressing the enter key?

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    Re: Form Template (Word 97)

    Can you use a single form field and exactly the same method as Phil already suggested, but set the table row height to 3 times the value you were using for a single line?

    StuartR

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    Re: Form Template (Word 97)

    Stuart, your suggestion worked just fine. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge and experience.
    Best Wishes, Ben

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    Re: Form Template (Word 97)

    Hi Ben:
    I'm glad Stuart jumped in to help you out...that's one of the advantages of the Lounge. I just want to point out one thing about the method I usggested (setting exact line width). This works fine for printed forms & works OK for electronic forms that are password protected. However, if someone should get ahold of the electronic form & unprotect it, they could then change the row properties. All the text that was typed in the form field that was previously invisible would now become visible. So if someone got to the end of the field (assuming the field properties were set to unlimited or to something large) & typed, "My boss is a jerk", that text is still contained in the document and could be recovered. Just something to be aware of. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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