Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Storing AutoText Entries with a Document.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 10, 2016)
Rob has developed a document that contains a Word table that is used as a form for managing a project. Two cells in the table contain drop-down lists of alternatives using a Building Block entry. On Rob's machine, the drop-down lists work perfectly. When he transfers the document to a network drive so it is accessible to others in his office, the drop-down lists are no longer available. Rob would like this to work on other machines and is wondering what the trick is.
The trick is to understand that Building Block entries are not stored in documents; they are stored in templates. The default template in which they are stored is Building Blocks.Dotx. Since this template is available only on your machine, the Building Block entries required for the form are available only on your machine and not on others.
The solution, then, is to create a new template that will be used in conjunction with your form document. Store this template on the network drive and make sure that the form document has this template attached. Then, save the Building Block entries necessary to the form in the special template. To save a Building Block in the special template, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Create New Building Block dialog box.
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