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How to protect or recreate word bookmarks through VBA

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I have a word template that I am creating.  The user opens word, a userform pops up and asks them to fill in several text boxes.  After submitting, the text boxes populate word bookmarks, including bookmarks in the header of the file.  This all works correctly.  However, if the user then changes one of the values and deletes the bookmark then I have a problem.
After the values are populated, I can run a macro to send those bookmark values to an access database.  If the bookmark is deleted then I get an error when submitting to the database.
I would like to know how to either protect the bookmarks from deletion or somehow add them back if they are modified and deleted.
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by:GrahamSkan
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It sounds as if you need to use a document form with Forms protection and to put the text into Form Fields.
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Graham..
I tried forms protection...but the way that I wanted to design the form it didnt work well.  It probably says more about my skill level than anything else.  Let me sanitize my document and I will attach it so you can see in a bit more detail.
I think it had to do with the fact i want information in the header and the fact that I wanted to be able to reference the areas of the document to add to the database.  The only way I could figure out to reference specific areas for the database piece was with bookmarks.
Thanks for the help
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I see that you are using tables. You could locate the data in an individual cell instead of using the bookmark.


Function getCellText(iTable As Integer, iRow As Integer, iCol As Integer) As String
    Dim rng As Range
    Dim tbl As Table
    
    Set tbl = ActiveDocument.Tables(iTable)
    Set rng = tbl.Cell(iRow, iCol).Range
    rng.MoveEnd wdCharacter, -1
    getCellText = rng.Text
End Function

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Graham,

That is actually a very good idea.  I actually took a variation of that to fix my problem.  I wrote some code to find the values in the cells and if a bookmark had been deleted, then on save recreate the bookmark.  You method would eliminate that step.  I already have the template in the wild so to speak.  But I probably will alter it based on your suggestion.  Thank you for your help.

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Thank Graham
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Thanks. Good luck with the project.
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