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Microsoft KB Archive/168810

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WD97: Cannot Type in Floating Text Box with Protected Document

Article ID: 168810

Article Last Modified on 1/19/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q168810


When you insert an ActiveX Text Box control as a floating object in a document that is protected for forms, one of the following symptoms occurs:

  • You cannot type text into the text box.


  • You can type some text immediately upon clicking in the text box, but then the text box becomes unavailable.


To work around this problem, use the following steps to convert the ActiveX Text Box control to an inline object:

  1. If the document is protected, click Unprotect Document on the Tools menu.
  2. If the Control Toolbox is not visible, point to Toolbars on the View menu, and then click Control Toolbox.
  3. In the Control Toolbox, click Design Mode.
  4. Right-click the ActiveX Text Box Control.
  5. On the shortcut menu, point to Text Box Object, and then click Convert.
  6. In the Convert dialog box, clear the Float Over Text check box.
  7. Click OK.
  8. In the Control Toolbox, click Exit Design Mode.

When you reprotect the document, you can enter text into the ActiveX Text Box control.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Word 97 for Windows.

This problem has been corrected in Word 2000.

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