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    Style of Text in Form Field (Word 2000)

    My document contains a dropdown which determines the contents of a field elsewhere. This is working fine except that I am unable to control the format of the resulting text. I have defined my styles and turned off Word 2000's autoformat options.
    {IF {Dropdown4} = "Pre 2003" "Style of text here contains indents, paragraph spacing and is several lines long" "Same style here, just different text" }
    Is there a way to set the style in the form field?

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    Re: Style of Text in Form Field (Word 2000)

    If you are seeing the bold curly braces, then you are viewing field codes rather than field results. Under Tools>Options...>View you can tick a checkbox to switch back and forth. For faster access, try Alt+F9. (If I've completely misunderstood your post, I apologize, but this is my best guess at what you're after.)

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    Re: Style of Text in Form Field (Word 2000)

    Jeff - it's probably my explanation. Everything works - I get the proper text appearing when the choice is made from the dropdown list (when viewing the field results, not the field codes) - but the formatting is wrong. I can't get the text to take on the proper style.

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    Re: Style of Text in Form Field (Word 2000)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 24-Aug-04 11:09. I need more caffeine.)</P>The MERGEFORMATTING switch is designed to cause inserted text to take on the attributes of the underlying paragraph style. Does that work?

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    Re: Style of Text in Form Field (Word 2000)

    Have another <img src=/S/coffeetime.gif border=0 alt=coffeetime width=32 height=48>

    It's MERGEFORMAT.

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    Re: Style of Text in Form Field (Word 2000)

    Jeff,
    If I simply add the switch at the end of the IF statement, no, it does not help. Is this what you meant?
    {IF {Dropdown4} = "Pre 2003" "Style of text here contains indents, paragraph spacing and is several lines long" "Same style here, just different text" /MEREGFORMAT}

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    Re: Style of Text in Form Field (Word 2000)

    Can you post a sample of the text and desired formatting? There are some fields experts who I'm sure will be along to take a crack at it.

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    Re: Style of Text in Form Field (Word 2000)

    Jeff,
    In producing a simple example, I have been unable to re-create the problem! By using manual line breaks inside the text instead of paragraphs, I seem to have simplified matters. I will re-post if I can't apply this to my real document.

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    Re: Style of Text in Form Field (Word 2000)

    Hi Ross:
    2 things:
    1. In your post, you spelled MERGEFORMAT as MER<font color=red>EG</font color=red>FORMAT
    2. The switch is * MERGEFORMAT (note the asterick & space between the backslash & M).

    By the way, if you apply direct formatting or the style you want to the IF field, you get the same thing.
    Cheers,

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    Re: Style of Text in Form Field (Word 2000)

    Phil,
    I'd spelled MERGEFORMAT correctly in the document but did omit the *!
    Thanks, that did it.

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