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: Entering a Name in the Header of a Locked Form.

Entering a Name in the Header of a Locked Form

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 23, 2013)


Lynn has created a four-page form in Word. After locking the form, she would like the person completing it to enter his name in the NAME field inside a header so that his name will appear at the top of each of the pages of his completed form. Word tells her she can't do this, but she can't help but wonder if there is a workaround.

The header (as Lynn found out) is not accessible in a locked form. While a macro could be written to allow access to the header in some manner, such an approach would be overkill. The only reasonable workaround would be follow these general steps:

  1. Create a NAME field somewhere in the first page of the form. This is where the user will enter his name.
  2. Apply a unique style to the NAME field. This should be a style that you don't use for any other purpose in the document; just for the NAME field.
  3. Insert a StyleRef field in the header that references the style you used in step 2.

That's it. When the user enters in his name, Word automatically updates the StyleRef field in the header to include that name. More information on the StyleRef field can be found elsewhere in this issue, on the WordTips site (simply look for StyleRef in the Search box on any page), or at the following page:

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7830) 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: Entering a Name in the Header of a Locked Form.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2014-08-29 11:38:23


I have set up my header to autofill using styleref. However, when I protect the doc (selecting allow filling in forms) the fields in the header no longer populate. How do I overcome this problem?

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