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Word 2003: All the fields in my text boxes have turned invisible!

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Yerushalmi, Jan 22, 2011.

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  1. Yerushalmi

    Yerushalmi Thread Starter

    Jan 22, 2011
    Hey folks,
    I have a document with almost 40 pictures, each of which has a caption in a text box grouped with the picture. Today I opened up my document to discover that for every single one of these, the numbers of the captions were missing, i.e. "Picture 2: A potato" became "Picture : A potato".
    I should make it clear that the fields are still there:
    • By right-clicking just before the colon, I get "Update field", "edit field", and "Toggle field codes" as options, and when I go into "edit field" the field code appears correct;
    • All cross-references in the document referring to these captions have their numbers intact, even after manual updating;
    • Adding a new caption to the end of the document comes up as it should, "Picture 39"
    • Copying and pasting "Picture :" into a different place in the document causes the number to reappear, so long as it's not being pasted into one of the affected text boxes;
    Hitting Alt+F9 (after the text box has been ungrouped from the accompanying picture, of course) doesn't give me the field codes, however: those, too, are invisible. New fields of any type that are added to the affected text boxes are also invisible. Field codes added to new text boxes are, however, perfectly fine.
    Now, I could obviously separate each of the text boxes from its picture, create new captions in new text boxes under each picture, and manually copy-paste the text of each caption into the text box once again. But life is short as it is, and I don't have any guarantee that when I reopen the file tomorrow the numbers won't have all turned invisible once again.
    Anybody know what's going on and how to fix it?

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