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Entering Fields

There are several ways that you can enter fields. Some fields, like date and time, page numbers, or a bookmark, can be entered through their own listings on the Insert menu or via a toolbar. In most cases, however, you'll enter fields by choosing Insert, Field. The Field dialog box appears, letting you select your field choice and specify parameters and presentation.

There is a third method for entering fields. If you press Ctrl+F9, Word will supply a pair of braces ({ }) enclosing a sort of "field space" that you use to create the field code manually.


You can't just type braces from the keyboard and enter the field information between the braces; Word won't recognize what you type as a field.

To enter a field code manually, you need to know just what you want in a field. If you're just getting started with fields, this bit of info is of limited use. Okay, it's really of no use to you at all right now, but you might want to know the option is there.

No matter which method you use, however, it's a good idea to know a few things about the field code you're inserting—such as what that code looks like and what the bits and pieces mean.

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