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How to autofill in Mac Word

I am creating a template in word whereby I would like certain areas to be updated each time it is used. For instance, a different cost. How do I ensure the template flags these items that need filling in/updating each time it is used? Thank you

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You could write a macro that is run by an event, such as saving the file. The macro would look at form fields or table cells to see if they have text or not, and prompt the user if they are blank.

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@Sarah-2871
If you want to fill in/update items each time, please refer to JohnKorchok's reply.
But any issues of macros, you may add a tag "office-vba-dev", as tag "office-word-itpro" focus more on general issues of Word client.

If the item used is fixed, but the corresponding information/value are different, you may use the "Text box".
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This can directly remind the user to enter the required content.


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The above only works in locked forms. The option to Calculate on Exit should be used if anything else in the form relies on the answer for its data (either reproducing it or using it in a calculation). Note, this answer is specific for a Mac. While it will work in Windows versions, Content Controls give more options there. These can be used in a Mac but require programming and XML work.

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