Word Form - Tab Stops

Posted on 2007-10-01
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have a form created in word and I don't want users of this form to have to stop at each cell when they tab thru.  I want them to stop at specific cells only as they tab.  How can this be accomplished?
Question by:rgarzakavo
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    Expert Comment

    Presumably, by cell, you mean FormField.

    There is no particular mechanism for changing or disabling the tab order of formfields. The best that you can do is to disable any formfields that you don't want to appear in the tab order. However that would mean that you would have to re-enable the field in order to enter data into it.

    This VBA code shows how to enable all fields and to disable a selection.

    Author Comment

    Is there more to this proposed solution?  I see no VBA code.
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    Accepted Solution

    Sorry. I forgot to paste it in:

    Sub DisableFFSet1()
        Dim Set1 As String
        Dim ffld As FormField
        Dim strSet1() As String
        Dim f As Integer
        Set1 = "1,3,5"
        'enable all
        For Each ffld In ActiveDocument.FormFields
            ffld.Enabled = True
        Next ffld
        'disable particular fields
        strSet1 = Split(Set1, ",")
        For f = 0 To UBound(strSet1)
            ActiveDocument.FormFields("Text" & strSet1(f)).Enabled = False
        Next f

    End Sub


    Author Comment

    Does anyone have an easier way?
    LVL 70

    Expert Comment

    Create a table

    Insert form fields into the cells where you want people to enter data (view ther forms toolbar to do this)

    Lock the document for forms


    Author Comment

    ok - I'm back to GrahamSkan.   Can you in detail explain the solution you provide?  It is not simple change, but it will most likely be my solution.  

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