Microsoft KB Archive/173226

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Article ID: 173226

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173226


After you create a document from a template that contains FILLIN fields, Microsoft Word may not prompt you to save your document when you close the file.

NOTE: This problem does not occur when you create a new document based on a template that does not contain FILLIN fields. If you enter FILLIN fields directly into a document, Word prompts you to save your changes when you close the file.


Use one of the following methods to work around this problem.

Method 1: Click Save

Before you close your new document, click Save on the File menu.

Method 2: Create an AutoClose macro

Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. Create and save a macro in the template containing the FILLIN fields and name the macro AutoClose. Enter the following lines of Visual Basic for Applications code into the AutoClose macro:

   Sub AutoClose()
      On Error Resume Next
   End Sub

When you close an unsaved new document that is based on the custom template containing the AutoClose macro, Word will display the Save As dialog box to allow you to save your file.

For more information about creating a macro, click the Office Assistant, type "How do I create a macro?," click Search, and then click to view "Create a macro."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Microsoft Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component


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


When you close your new document, Microsoft Word should automatically prompt you to save your changes with the following message:

   Do you want to save the changes you made to <filename>?

For additional information about creating a form with FILLIN fields, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

142213 WD: How to Create an Automated Form with Fill-in Fields

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