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Microsoft KB Archive/172962

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Article ID: 172962

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172962


When you modify the number format to include parentheses within a Text Form Field Options dialog box, where the type of text form field is set to Number, the parentheses do not appear in the form field result.

For example, if you want to format a form field to display a phone number formatted as

(206) 555-1234

using the number format of

(###) ###-####

the result will be


NOTE: This problem also occurs when you open a Word 2000 document in Word 97, when the Word 2000 document contains a text form field that uses the same number format described in this article.


Currently there is no workaround for this problem. The parentheses must be omitted.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.  This problem was corrected in Microsoft Word 2000.


Other symbols, such as the backslash (\), forward slash (/), or hyphen(-), are displayed in the form field result.

For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

156485 WD97: Form Field Command No Longer on the Insert Menu

For more information about form fields, click Contents and Index on the Help menu, click the Index tab in Word Help, type the following text

form fields

and then double-click the selected text to go to the "form fields" topic. If you are unable to find the information you need, ask the Office Assistant.

Additional query words: back slash parens parenthesis wd97

Keywords: kbbug kbfield kbfix kblayout KB172962