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8. Forms and Fields > Introduction: Hacks #70-79

Introduction: Hacks #70-79

Many of Word’s most useful features, such as page numbering and cross-referencing, are implemented with fields. Most of Word’s fields act as placeholders, gathering, updating, and displaying content that may change throughout a document’s lifetime.

For example, when you insert a DATE field, rather than just inserting today’s date as plain text, Word inserts a special code that says “Whenever this field is updated, go and find out what the current date is and display that.” (Of course, Word says it a bit more tersely.) To see a DATE field in action, press Ctrl-F9 to insert a pair of field braces—special characters that can’t be typed in using the standard keys—and type the word Date in between the braces. Select the field you just created and press F9 to update its contents. Word will gladly report today’s date.


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