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Dear Richard,

I'm preparing a questionnaire with Word 2007 using Option Buttons (one of ActiveX Controls). So that respondents could choose only one option in a 7-point scale, I'm giving a Group Name for the buttons of each question (e.g., Q1, Q2...).

The problem is that Group Names of some questions change after I close the file and open it again. For example, I've typed "Q115" and it has changed to "Q113" for the all buttons of Question No. 115. I'm sure it is not my typing error as I've already corrected all the wrong Group Names once and it happened again after reopening the file. What is the problem and how could I fix it?

To make things faster, I have copied buttons from previous questions instead of inserting new ones. I suspect it might be somehow related. However, I'm sure that I changed the Group Names after copying the buttons (using the "Properties" for each button) and still the names would change after opening the file later.

I appreciate your help very much. Thank you!

Hi Kes

This usually indicates that an option button has been created in the wrong order, ie an option has been added in the middle of the pack.  I can't be sure though without seeing the document.  would it be possible for you to send me a copy so I can see what is happening.

my email is richard(dot)littlewing(at)gmail(dot)com

Also make sure that Word has all the current updates.

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Richard Stephens


I have used word up to advanced, including Macros, very limited VBA. Basic to advanced questions are welcome. Currently using Word 2007 and 2010 but will try to recollect for earlier editions.


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