MS Word Template functionality lost when uploaded as Sharepoint 2007 content type RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I have built an 2010 MS Word template document that has been designed to be used as a content type in Sharepoint 2007.

    The form was created by using the designer options, specifically:

    Legacy Forms      -  text form fields & Drop Down Form Field

    Active X Controls - Combo Box

    Controls              - Date Picker Content Control

    I copied a small piece of code into the combo box to allow for a yes / no answer when the drop down arrow is selected.

    The form works well as a template and there are no issues with the designer options that have been inserted into it when it is opened locally.

    I have loaded the form into Sharepoint as required. When the form is opened all of the designer functionality is lost EXCEPT for the text form fields i.e.  when you click on the drop down form field the neither the arrow nor the options appear, when you click on the date picker control content neither the arrow or the date selector appears.

    It is interesting that the text form fields function normally...

    The use of the active x combo box was an attempt to circumvent this problem however the same issue exists. The document opens and when you click on the down arrow there is nothing to select.

    When I look at MS Visual Basic I can see that the document opens without the code that was inserted into the initial template.

    I have posted these issues on a Sharepoint forum and have been advised that the problem rests with MS Word.

    Is there anyway to stop the design options from being disabled when the document is opened as a content type in Sharepoint?

    Any help on this matter would be very much appreciated.



    Wednesday, November 7, 2012 7:04 PM


  • ActiveX controls usually trigger macro security settings, causing the document to open in Design mode, which is why the fields don’t work.
    Also, legacy form fields aren’t really meant to be used in conjunction with content controls. Pick one or the other.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP
    Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:10 AM