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Hi, I'm on deadline trying to set up an existing table that's in Word. My purpose is to create a template which allows for the following things:
 1 - How to create parts of the template to be static/unchangeable
2- How to enable editing to other parts of the template that will not change the column width/length regardless of text entered (like an auto fit)
3- How to use "tab" to prompt person entering text in set areas, like highlighted editing fields, that will automatically prompt to next editing fields until done.

Can you help with these questions? Thanks!

P.S. The document I'm attaching needs to remain PRIVATE. My questions can be published, but not the actual template I'm attaching.
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Hi, I think that your expectations of Word are close to, or exceed the design of the Word user interface.

Issues 1 and 2 can probably be implemented  with 'Developer tab'/ 'Editing restrictions'/'No changes (Read Only)

There isn't a Built-in functionality to capture key events, such as 'Tab' and to respond differently from the designed action.

BTW,
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Thank you! I originally attached the document, but then removed it once I realized that it could be made public...and it's a sensitive file. I'll try your suggestion and am open to any other possible solutions as well. Is there another program that would be able to do what I'm looking for?
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A redacted file that shows the problem is perfectly acceptable.

Bearing in mind the previous caveat, and dependent on your requirement, most programmatic (VBA,  VB6, VB.Net, other net languages) might be able to help.
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Okay, thank you very much.
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Another think.

If you don't need to support pre-2007 versions of Word, you could use content controls. Also you can fix the column widths and row heights of a table, so you can put the content controls in table cells. Content controls have several events, including Document_ContentControlOnEnter which could be used to capture the tab into the control.
Note that content controls display placeholder text which might also be useful.

You can fix text not in content controls by protecting for forms, and if needs be, you can exempt some Sections of the document so that they can be freely edied
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