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    Create Master Documents (WORD 2000)

    I would like to be able to create master documents in Word 2000, much like you can in WordPerfect: you fill out a dialog box at the beginning, and the program populates a template with all the information you need properly placed in the title page, headers, footers and the first Heading One.

    Any ideas on how to get this done?


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    Re: Create Master Documents (WORD 2000)

    To get the same effect in Word, you have to create a template with form fields, and write a macro named AutoOpen which will open up dialog boxes as required, and post the user-input into the open form and allow you to print and/or save the document at the end.

    Knowledge of VB/VBA is desirable. But you can go a long way with not too much of that knowledge, if you just copy and adapt macros available at several places on the Net (including at in the Template Gallery section).

    What you therefore want is a template using interactive macros. The term Master document has a different connotation in Word. It refers to a feature where a series of sub-documents can be "chained" to each other and share some features like continuous page numbering etc, like a book and chapters constituting it.

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    Re: Create Master Documents (WORD 2000)

    First, "Master Document" is a term of art in Word-ese -- a particularly nasty one! It refers to a "feature" that not only doesn't work but also destroys documents.

    That rant off my chest, I think what you may be looking for is a UserForm (very different from the Form described in the first response). A UserForm is a VBA construct that lets you build your own dialog boxes. You could also look into ASK and FILL-IN fields which are a bit less complex than either.

    Take a look at:
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>(Paper and On-Line Forms in Microsoft Word</A> ( is a very rough starting draft but has good links)

    You may want to download the following from <A target="_blank" HREF=>my download page</A> ( and take a look at them.
    AskForm and UserForm (These are both designed as tutorials with the VBA unlocked.)

    See also <A target="_blank" HREF=> Putting Lines in Forms</A> and
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>How to Create a UserForm</A>.

    Now - completely off topic but maybe more important than the answer to the question you asked . . .

    Some unsolicited information often shared with those (often unwillingly) transported from WP-land to Word-ville... 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>

    See <A target="_blank" HREF=>Word for Word Perfect Users</A> (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>Word Perfect compared to Word</A> (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>Tips and Gotchas</A> (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>Does Word Have Reveal Codes?</A> (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>Word Perfect to Word Converters and Why None of Them Are Perfect</A>
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>Converting Documents from Word Perfect to Word</A>
    for information on Word for Word Perfect users.

    For more:
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>How to Create a Template (Part 1)</A> (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>How to Create a Template (Part 2)</A> - download the Word version which includes a template built the way the tutorial describes. It is a work of art. (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=> Word's Numbering Explained by John McGhie</A> (
    <A target="_blank" HREF=>Understanding Styles</A> (

    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 <A target="_blank" HREF=> Styles</A> - 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.

    Hope this helps and doesn't overwhelm.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
    Madison, Wisconsin

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