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Part 6: Advanced Word: XML, Forms, and V... > Working with Field Codes and Custom ...

Chapter 31. Working with Field Codes and Custom Forms

Why Use Fields and Forms in Word Documents?864
Understanding Fields864
Inserting Fields866
Choosing Field Options869
Typing Field Codes Directly870
Viewing Codes and Fields873
Nesting Fields875
Updating Fields876
Locking Fields876
Printing Field Codes876
Creating a Basic Form876
Protecting Forms882
Entering Form Fields884
Adding Help Messages to Forms890
Incorporating Form Macros892
Adding ActiveX Controls893
Using a Form896
Saving Form Data897

If you haven’t used Word’s data fields feature before now, Word 2003 gives you great reasons to give it a try. First, Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003 and the stand-alone version of Word 2003 include full support for Extensible Markup Language (XML), which means that you can easily incorporate data from other documents and programs into your Word reports, letters, directories, and more. Second, Word developers now can create what are known as smart documents, which give users prompts, links, and resources as they work on common documents. By knowing how to insert, work with, and update field codes in your Word documents, you can take advantage of the new high-end features of Word 2003 that make your data management and processing tasks more efficient than ever.



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