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Make exported field into word not editable in a crystal report

Posted on 2009-04-07
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hi,
i have created a report that is a form. users export this into word and then enter new informatoon and/or edit existing info.
I have been asked to make certain information in the report not editable.

how can this be done?
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by:peter57r
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As far as I know you cannot prevent editing of parts of a Word doc. You can make it completely impossible to save edits back to the same document in total but its either all or nothing.
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by:Ido Millet
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Consider switching your approach to pdf forms.  There are tools that allow Crystal reports to be exported to pdf files with form fields.
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by:mlmcc
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I just built a document in Word 2003.  There is an option to protect the document.  One of the protection options is ALLOW ONLY THIS TYPE OF EDITTINIG with an option of FILLING IN FORMS

That might work but I don't think you can set that from Crystal during the export.
It seems it is basically all or notjing on the non-form fields.

mlmcc
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by:Ido Millet
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There are tools that can replace content in a Word template document with text from Crystal formulas (and then save to a new dynamically named document).
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by:carlosmonte
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PDF means buying adobe Pro licenses and were hoping not to have to buy so many more. Its a 'form' that all ee can run.
any workaround you guys can think of, for ex. could it be possible to convert the field that i want not to be edited to an image in crystal?
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by:Ido Millet
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To allow recipients of the pdf file to not only print, but also save the completed form,
 I recommend the following free pdf viewer with several nice capabilities, including the ability to fill & save pdf files with form fields.  PDF-Xchange Viewer:
 http://www.docu-track.com/home/prod_user/pdfx_viewer/

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by:carlosmonte
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and to block a field from being edited?
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Ido Millet earned 500 total points
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To block a field from being edited, you simply DON'T make it a form field in the pdf export.   Again, you would need one of the 3rd-party Report Managers (listed at http://www.kenhamady.com/bookmarks.html) to decide which content you want to turn into a pdf form field (and which content you wish to expert as plain (protected) pdf content.
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