How to Lock a Field in Word

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Any field that has been inserted into a Microsoft Word 2003 document can be locked. Locking a field insures that the field will not be updated and cannot be changed until it is unlocked. The locked field will display the result from the last update while it remains locked. Find out how you can follow the easy process of locking fields in your Word document by following the steps below.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word 2003

Step 1

Start Microsoft Word 2003 and open a document that contains a field that you would like to lock so the field will no longer update.

Step 2

Select the field you want to lock by clicking on it. It will be covered with a dark gray highlight once it is selected.

Step 3

Use the keyboard shortcut of SHIFT+F9 to update the field if you would like to update the field one last time before you lock it.

Step 4

Type the keyboard shortcut of CTRL+F11 to lock the selected field. The field will now be locked and will not be updated until you unlock it.

Step 5

Continue the process of selecting and locking the fields in your Word document until you have finished locking all of the fields that you want to lock.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can unlock a field by selecting the field and using the keyboard shortcut of CTRL+SHIFT+F11. The field will then be updated and will remain unlocked until you lock it using the steps above.