Microsoft Word/Enforcing Protection


I have created a Word 2007 form template in which I need to utilize checkboxes in one section and free-form typing (to include bulleted and multilevel lists) in another section.  I have "sectioned" up my document and used the legacy checkbox control and the text control in one section.  I have used the "Filling in forms" selection and identified the applicable first section.  

In my other section (deselected in Section Protection) I have tried the legacy text control and the rich text content control to no avail.  I have even tried inserting a text box - that didn't work either.  As soon as I enforce protection, the formatting buttons on the Home tab become disabled.  I need to use bulleted lists and multi-level lists in this section.  

How can I combine forms controls in one section and retain full editing capability in another section?

It sounds as though you are doing this correctly - your description sounds fine, you have only protected one section - when in THAT section, the formatting buttons will become disabled, but once you click into the other part of the document those buttons will become enabled.

My own templates tend to use VBA to gather the inputs and then leave the document in either a fully protected or fully unprotected state as I find this is easier for my users.
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Aidan Heritage


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