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TimMitchell-0499 asked emizhang-msft commented

How to get back to Edit mode in MS Word



I'm not sure if I've named this question exactly right. I have a Word document in which all of the components (drop-downs, checkboxes, etc) are in some sort of a design mode. By that I mean when you select them they open up to dialog rather than actually displaying the contents..

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So, all I want to do is get out of this mode. I've Googled how to get into and out of Design Mode - go to Developer and then select or deselect Design Mode. But this doesn't seem to work - I still get the dialog rather than the actual drop-down.

thanks much


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JohnKorchok answered TimMitchell-0499 commented

That's a legacy Form Field displaying it's Properties dialog. Normally, that only appears when you right-click on the form field and choose Properties from the context menu. It will also open if you double-click on the form field. Please double-check that you are using a single click to select the form field.

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Thanks. I absolutely promise I've double-clicked, single-clicked, left-mouse-clicked, right-mouse-clicked on every single component in the word document. There is absolutely no way to make the drop-down drop, no way to make the check-boxes check. Every single one of them displays the form and nothing else.

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TimMitchell-0499 answered emizhang-msft commented

I think I figured it out. There's a lock icon in the upper-left-hand corner of the doc that must be selected to put it back into non-design mode.

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You found it. This appears to be Mac version.
If you have the time, you may want to look into using Content Controls which are more robust. However, they are not easily created or edited in the Mac versions.
See John Korchok's page on this: http://www.brandwares.com/bestpractices/2019/08/content-controls-for-macos-cool-code/

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