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Microsoft KB Archive/105899

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WD: Bookmark Errors in FORMULA or Text Form Fields

Article ID: 105899

Article Last Modified on 8/16/2005


  • Microsoft Word 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 6.0a
  • Microsoft Word 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 95a
  • Microsoft Word 6.0 for Macintosh
  • Microsoft Word 6.01 for Macintosh

This article was previously published under Q105899


If you define a bookmark whose name has one or two letters plus a number (such as BM1 or ZZ4096) and then insert a FORMULA field that performs a calculation using the bookmark reference, one of the following field errors may appear in place of the field result:

!Error at <bookmarkname>

!Error <bookmarkname> is not in table

!Error at BM1

If the calculation is part of a FORMTEXT (Text Form) field definition, nothing happens when you update the Text Form field, and no result appears.

NOTE: The "!Error <bookmarkname> is not in table" error occurs if the FORMULA field is located in a table.

For example, if you insert and then update the following fields, the field error occurs in place of the FORMULA field:

{set BM1 1}
{set BM2 2}


In a FORMULA field, Word considers bookmark names that consist of one or two letters plus a number to be table cell references instead of bookmark names. Cell references take precedence over bookmarks, so if the bookmark does not reference a valid table cell in the document, the FORMULA field yields an error instead of a result.


Change the bookmark name so Word no longer thinks it is a table cell reference. For example, change "BM1" to "BAM1", or change "ZZ4096" to "ZZZ4096".


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was corrected in Microsoft Word 97 for Windows and Word 98 Macintosh Edition.

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