Which to use? Controls Legacy fields etc RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm  creating templates for a company. They need a document were some headlines always have the exact formatting - But may change in content.

    They also need preformatted field in were to add name, phone etc. Preferably with the grey background...

    There are the word 2010 controls, the legacy controls and the "building blocks". And maybe something other in Word 2013 or 365?

    Which one should I use to make a template that works and lasts.

    Lovley if you have links to tutorials or guides



    Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:34 AM


  • Which Word version does your client use?

    There's no point using content controls if some of its users are still on Word 2003, for example. In that case, your client may have to be content with formfields - or find a business case for upgrading.

    Conversely, using formfields probably isn't the way to go if the client uses Office 2007 & later exclusively. Content controls are far more flexible than formfields and a document in the docx format supports more granular security. Building blocks too, are only supported in office 2007 & later and, used in conjunction with content controls, can give your clients still greater flexibility.

    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

    • Marked as answer by Max Meng Tuesday, April 23, 2013 9:30 AM
    Wednesday, April 10, 2013 8:45 AM