Grey boxes not showing in forms

fill in Grey boxes are not showing when fields are merged into forms

What could the problem be?

I have restricted formatting and editing to be checked for fill in forms
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CanalInsAsked:
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CanalInsAuthor Commented:
I have also added text form fields for the grey boxes through the developer tab
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
It isn't clear what problem you are having, however there is an option for 'Field shading' in the 'Show document content' section within Advanced options.
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
If you are doing a Mail Merge, then you should be aware that many types of field are converted to fixed text. Form Fields and Mail Merge are not really compatible.
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CanalInsAuthor Commented:
Is there a way to insert grey boxes for the person filling in the form so they can tab to that section?
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
I think that you would have to use VBA. There would be two approaches.

1. Use a Forms document with extra Form Fields to receive the Datasource data. Individual fields could be locked after filling with VBA.
2. Use Mail Merge, and after the merge, add Form fields to the Result document at locations marked with pilot text. E.g.:

I, [theinsured] understand that...

Note that you wouldn't be able to use bookmarks, because they, too,  are not copied from the Main to the Result document.
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
I think that I have given sufficient information for you start producing a suitable document. That fact that you are no longer interested shouldn't prevent you from accepting the answer.
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
Basically, I think that the explanation of the constraints of the product plus the suggestions to take the requirement forward should have been enough. If not there could have been further follow-up requests for clarification.
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