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Chapter 26. Automating Your Documents wi... > A Closer Look at Field Formatting

A Closer Look at Field Formatting

In this section, you'll learn some advanced techniques for controlling how field results appear. Suppose that 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 want 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 is ideal. Fortunately, Word provides field formatting switches that can do the job.

If you use a field that consists of only the field name, such as { NUMCHARS } , controlling the formatting of your field results is easy. Format the first character of the field name to look as you want your text to look. If you want bold italic text, your field should look like this:


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