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    Word Q.

    I no longer have access to MS Word so I can't experiment (just downloaded Libre Office). Also, I know that this is pretty basic stuff so I'm certain that the answer is simple and I shall look daft for not knowing it (never worried me so far).

    Someone has created a form and has set up the page as if it is in 4 columns (if done on a spreadsheet it would physically be 4 columns).

    Column 1 - will have pretyped text such as NAME / TEL etc.
    Column 2 - is all blank but users will type, for example, their name.
    Column 3 - has more text such as REFERENCE / OTHER REFERENCE etc.
    Column 4 - is all blank and where users will type, for example, a reference.

    The separation between Col 1 and 3 has been created by using the TAB key and/or the SPACEBAR.

    The creator wants to anchor the preset TEXT in Col 1 & 3 so that these headings do not move when people type too much info into Col 2 & 4. I don't know how/if Col 2 & 4 are defined.

    Is it possible to do this or better to start again and create the form using proper formatting (which I hope sopmeone will explain).

    I'm off to have a try on Libre Word but have so little experience that I don't even know if it will read 365 WORD DOC files.
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    Oh dear, Libre Office is looking a bit FLAKY at the moment and taking ages to do anything. Might have to reboot.

    I used to have MS Office and then was persuaded to change to Office365 and then that company closed and stopped paying for Office 365 and now I have nothing! For my needs, these days, I don't need O365 and I'm not paying for it in order to help someone out!

    Bloody pooters!

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    Anyone can use Microsoft Office for free as long as you are online:
    https://products.office.com/en-us/office-online/

    You can get Office Home for a year for about 50 from reputable sellers, which is not bad really. (~4 per month)

    Edit... 52.95 from Amazon:
    https://amzn.to/2YDQqJF
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finless View Post
    I no longer have access to MS Word so I can't experiment (just downloaded Libre Office). Also, I know that this is pretty basic stuff so I'm certain that the answer is simple and I shall look daft for not knowing it (never worried me so far).

    Someone has created a form and has set up the page as if it is in 4 columns (if done on a spreadsheet it would physically be 4 columns).

    Column 1 - will have pretyped text such as NAME / TEL etc.
    Column 2 - is all blank but users will type, for example, their name.
    Column 3 - has more text such as REFERENCE / OTHER REFERENCE etc.
    Column 4 - is all blank and where users will type, for example, a reference.

    The separation between Col 1 and 3 has been created by using the TAB key and/or the SPACEBAR.

    The creator wants to anchor the preset TEXT in Col 1 & 3 so that these headings do not move when people type too much info into Col 2 & 4. I don't know how/if Col 2 & 4 are defined.

    Is it possible to do this or better to start again and create the form using proper formatting (which I hope sopmeone will explain).

    I'm off to have a try on Libre Word but have so little experience that I don't even know if it will read 365 WORD DOC files.
    So, they've used TABs to try and create a table, rather than creating a table, which will stop the longer text entry from shifting the next one along.
    (and I bet they have "Excellent computer skills in MS office" on their CV). Grrr.


    Get the creator to select the "table" data and on the "insert" part of the ribbon, click "Table" - "Convert text to table" - tell it to separate text at Tabs.
    The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickpicks View Post
    So, they've used TABs to try and create a table, rather than creating a table, which will stop the longer text entry from shifting the next one along.
    (and I bet they have "Excellent computer skills in MS office" on their CV). Grrr.

    No, it is for my Big Bruv and he employs himself .... if you see what I mean.

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    Still doesn't qualify for that special circle of hell reserved for people who use Excel for databases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moleshome View Post
    Still doesn't qualify for that special circle of hell reserved for people who use Excel for databases.
    Oh, yes!

    And I used to work with one guy who would use Lotus 123 (before Excel took over the spreadsheet world) to write reports!
    The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickpicks View Post
    Oh, yes!

    And I used to work with one guy who would use Lotus 123 (before Excel took over the spreadsheet world) to write reports!
    Lotus 123? Quality!

    I can reaaly shift around a 123 spreadsheet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finless View Post
    Lotus 123? Quality!

    I can reaaly shift around a 123 spreadsheet.
    Yes, but we used to use WordPerfect 5.1 for writing documents.
    The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

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    I hated WordPerfect. We used to use Wordstar 2000 for basic stuff or Interleaf for complex documents.


 

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