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8. Forms and Fields > 79. Convert Field Codes to Text and Back Again

Convert Field Codes to Text and Back Again

When experimenting with fields, or using example fields culled from the Internet, it’s often helpful to have an easy way to convert field codes to plain text, and vice versa.

As the other hacks in this chapter show, it can be difficult to represent field codes outside of Word (such as in a printed book) because of those special field braces unique to Word. For example, what if you want to post a particularly troublesome field to a newsgroup in the hopes of finding some help? (For a list of web sites with Word-related information and discussion groups, see Where to Learn More in the Preface.) While it’s relatively simple to convert a field’s result to plain text—just select the field and press Ctrl-Shift-F9—converting the field code to text is a trickier proposition.


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