Get rid of 'Protect form' in a Word 2003 document

I have a set of word documents. These are referral letter for doctors, that have a lot of tick box options.

Problem is, every time the doctor opens one of these documents, they have to click on the yellow pad lock 'Protect form' if he wants to simply sinlgle left mouse click on a field and have it checked.

If you double click the field, then the dialogue box come up and you can click 'checked' which does the job but is not efficient. Indeed we could just click on the yellow pad lock every time, but I would like to find a solution to this problem so we did not have to do that.

I have master type templates if that helps. Maybe if there is a solution, I only have to do it once then that is it.

I would also like to know - is this a NON fixable problem, becasue if it is, then am I right in thinking that the only way to solve this problem would be to have new word documents created in a different way.

Many thanks guys.
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Brian GeeCommented:
The Forms tools in Word allow user interaction (not design time) with the Protect functionality in place (or as you have noted, with a double-click and then Enable option).

Is there a reason not to protect the document then send it to the doctors? If the reason is that there are other areas of the document that the doctors will need to be able to edit, then you should be able set (isolate) certain sections (insert Section Break Continuous) in the document where the Form tools (like the checkbox) will reside so that such sections will retain the ability to be clicked easily without having to affect any other parts of the document. There is a specific Select Sections link that allows you to specify the sections in question that require protection accordingly.

Just as another option you can use for checkboxes is the Checkbox tool in the Control Toolbox toolbar in Word. You can insert a Checkbox easily and click it checked or unchecked without issue, but you'll need to format it a bit to remove the default CheckBox1 label along with and resizing you deem necessary.
The template should be 'Protected for Forms', so  that any new documents derived from it also have that type of protection, otherwise the form fields won't work properly, as your clients have discovered. Talk to the developer/administrator to make sure that all the relevant templates have this type of protection

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Also, Nathan, already-created documents won't be protected by that action, but if the users (doctors) have already set the protection, and saved them as such, then the protecion will remain in place until removed.

If necessary, a password could be set when the template is protected to prevent accidental remodel of protection.
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