Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. 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: Locating Locked Fields.

Locating Locked Fields

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 26, 2019)

Fields are very useful when working with a document—they allow you to place "dynamic" information in your documents. Sometimes you may want a field to remain static; to not change. You can do this by selecting the field and press Ctrl+F11. This "locks" the field so it does not update from its current value.

If you have a lot of fields in a document, and some of them are locked, you may want a way to quickly find out which ones are locked. Word has no special feature that allows you to search for locked fields, but you can create a macro that will search them out for you. The following macro, FindLocked, starts at the beginning of a document and finds locked fields. It selects each locked field, in turn, and asks you if you want to continue searching.

Sub FindLocked()
    Dim iField As Integer
    Dim vResponse As Variant

    For iField = 1 To ActiveDocument.Fields.Count
        If ActiveDocument.Fields(iField).Locked Then
            ActiveDocument.Fields(iField).Select
            vResponse = MsgBox("Continue Searching?", vbYesNo)
            If vResponse = vbNo Then Exit For
        End If
    Next iField
End Sub

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WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11026) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Locating Locked Fields.

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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