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Chapter 1. Building Dynamic Documents in... > Using Fields to Insert Dynamic Data

Using Fields to Insert Dynamic Data

The real secret to creating truly dynamic documents in Word is a little-known and even less understood feature called the field. A field is a miniprogram that generates or calculates a result and then displays that result in your document or stores it in a bookmark. Each field consists of code that resides inside a placeholder that you can put anywhere inside your document. Word has dozens of these codes, and they all generate data based on various kinds of information, such as the following:

  • Information that lies elsewhere in the document— For example, a document property or the value stored in a bookmark.

  • Information from the environment— For example, the current date or time, or input supplied by the user.

  • Information that results from a calculation— For example, the sum of a table column or the average of a set of numeric values stored in bookmarks.


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