Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Locating Locked Fields.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 14, 2019)
Fields are very useful when working with a document—they allow you to place "dynamic" information in your documents. Sometimes you may want a field to remain static; to not change. You can do this by selecting the field and press Ctrl+F11. This "locks" the field so it does not update from its current value.
If you have a lot of fields in a document, and some of them are locked, you may want a way to quickly find out which ones are locked. Word has no special feature that allows you to search for locked fields, but you can create a macro that will search them out for you. The following macro, FindLocked, starts at the beginning of a document and finds locked fields. It selects each locked field, in turn, and asks you if you want to continue searching.
Sub FindLocked() Dim iField As Integer Dim vResponse As Variant For iField = 1 To ActiveDocument.Fields.Count If ActiveDocument.Fields(iField).Locked Then ActiveDocument.Fields(iField).Select vResponse = MsgBox("Continue Searching?", vbYesNo) If vResponse = vbNo Then Exit For End If Next iField End Sub
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1367) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Locating Locked Fields.
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