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I am using microsoft word 2003. I want to lock a hanging indent so that it can not be moved for the entire document. My problem is when hitting the backspace button on the left margin twice the hanging indent resets to no indentation. If there is a way to do this with document protection I have not been able to figure it out. I need the hanging indent to not be able to move. If I could grey out the indentations that would be ideal. I have set up templates to open the document with a hanging indent, but the hanging indent is not restricted from moving. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 
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You may going about this all wrong. Sounds like you have some kind of fixed format in mind when keying in your text. In that case, you may be better creating a form in Word. This will give the ability to set fields in designated locations on the page. Then you lock the form, preserving the location of the field. Add the Form Toolbar and play around with it and see if you get the results you are looking for.
 

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Thanks for the response. I should have included in the first question that I am not looking for a form to fill in fields. However I am looking for a format for the whole ducument. I just want the hanging indentation MARKER to be locked (imoveable) so that the user can not move them (by mouse or keystroke, specifically "backspace"), but can freely type otherwise as normal. It is a little hard to explain, and I have looked everywhere for an answer. The style I have is "Normal + Left: 0", Hanging: 1". Maybe if there is a way to keep this style unchangeable through a whole document. I hope this has explained my problem a little more thorough. Thanks for any help.
 
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The problem you have is that the backspace key is intended to override the set indentation after two strikes. That is just way it is.

Now I am using Office 2007, but I think this feature was in Office 2003: Auto Fomat, or specifically Auto Format as you type. Office 2007 has a new feature called Quick Style as well.

But as with forms functions, I was thinking you create a form field at the designated indentation in the document. Create a field per paragraph, so that when you are done typing the one paragraph, you tab to the next field to start typing the new paragraph. That way you can back space all you want in a given field, but there is no way the backspace is moving that field and the designated indentation if it is locked. I am sure there is more than one way to skin this cat, but that is the way I would do it.
 
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