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What Is a Field? > Inserting Fields - Pg. 362

So Why Use Fields? There's actually little need to insert most of the fields in Word manually. For example, marker fields are used to identify text in a document that should be part of an index. You could create the marker field yourself (in which case you'd need to know the exact syntax to use). It's much easier, though, to select the words and use the Insert Index and Tables command or just press Ctrl- Shift-X. Likewise, you could manually insert fields that displayed the author of a document and when that document was created, but it's easier to insert them automatically using the Insert AutoText Header/Footer commands. These are just a couple of examples, but there are more: · Most of the action fields can only be used during the mail merge process and are much easier to use with the mail merge tools. Mail merge is cov- ered in Chapter 9. · Most of the user information, document information, and date/time re- sult fields can be inserted easily using AutoText commands. · All of the fields that control links and references can be accessed using the commands on Word's Insert menu. · The equation and formula fields are easier to insert using the Table Formula command. So, again, why bother with fields? The short answer is control. Word uses