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Chapter 27. Automating Your Documents wi... > A Closer Look at Field Formatting

A Closer Look at Field Formatting

Earlier in this chapter, in the "Using General Switches to Customize How Field Results Appear" section, you learned the basics of using switches to control how field results display in your document. However, many Word users have discovered they need even more control. In this section, you'll learn some advanced techniques for controlling how field results appear.

Suppose you've made an important point somewhere in a large report. It's so important, you've formatted it in boldface for emphasis. Now you'd like to use a field to insert that phrase into your executive summary. But in that context, where everything's important, you don't want it to be boldfaced. Well, you could insert the field result and reformat it manually—but it would then revert to the bold formatting anytime you updated your fields. Or you could lock that field—but if you ever want to update the substance of the field, then what? Obviously, neither of these solutions are ideal. Fortunately, Word provides field formatting switches that can do the job.


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