Protected forms - MS Word 2003

September 14, 2010 at 07:12:44
Specs: Windows XP
I am generating a protected form and would like a box that pops up with help when the curser rests on the field (or the mouse rolls over the field, either would do). I have been 'faffing' around for ages, and got nowhere, so would appreciate at least knowing whether this is actually possible. Thank you.

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September 14, 2010 at 07:28:25
You mean like... in word??
Almost sure it's not possible!

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September 14, 2010 at 08:16:30

It's not great but if you right-click a text field for example - when it's not protected you can select 'Properties'
In the Properties dialog box there is a button - "Add Help Text..."
Click this and you can add some custom help text.

When the form is protected, the help text shows in the information bar at the bottom of the Word window - it's not very obvious - but it's better than nothing.

You can also attach macros to form fields. I did one programatically - so that a message box pops up when the field is entered.

Sub ffMessage()
ActiveDocument.FormFields(1).EntryMacro = "MyTest"
End Sub

Sub MyTest()
MsgBox "Testing"
End Sub

After running the ffMessage macro, the first form field responded with the message box when I entered the field.

This might be something you could explore further.


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September 14, 2010 at 08:25:55
Thank you for the response. I have added the 'Help Text' but I know our users won't spot it, and was hoping for something more obvious. I like the sound of your other solution and will forward your suggestion on to one of our techies to see if he can help me do that. I'm not technical enough for that. Many thanks for the suggestion.

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