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Hi again, Suzanne I have a document that has a right column and a left column (it isn't formatted as such, but wording on right side all the way to the bottom and same for the left). I can lock words so they cannot be deleted, can protect the documen. The left column has questions and the user of the document will be able to type in answers. The problem I'm having is when words are typed in, the right column moves. Is there a way to prevent the wording in the right column from moving when typing in the left?

I'm having a little trouble visualizing this, as ordinarily one would expect questions in the left column and answers in the right. And how you would handle this would depend partly on whether you're using legacy form fields (and protecting the document for filling in forms) or using content controls (in which case the document is left unprotected).

In either case, though, I would suggest that you put the content in table columns, possibly more than two if required. Remove cell borders if desired. Turn off auto resizing for the table: On the Layout tab of the contextual Table Tools, in the Cell Size group, click AutoFit and choose Fixed Column Width. Then size your columns as desired, and text typed in one column will not affect the placement of text in the other column(s).
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

Rotary Club of Fairhope, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library

B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

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Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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