Field codes: Ask field

{ ASK Bookmark "Prompt " [Switches ] }

Prompts you to enter information and assigns a bookmark (bookmark: A location or selection of text in a file that you name for reference purposes. Bookmarks identify a location within your file that you can later refer or link to.) to represent your response. You must insert a REF field (field: A set of codes that instructs Microsoft Word to insert text, graphics, page numbers, and other material into a document automatically. For example, the DATE field inserts the current date.) after the ASK field where you want Microsoft Word to print the response in the document. You can use the information entered in other fields to compute a bookmark value — such as an = (Formula field) — by inserting the bookmark name in the other field's instructions.

Word displays the prompt each time the ASK field is updated. A response remains assigned to the bookmark until you enter a new response. If the ASK field is used in a mail merge main document (main document: In a mail-merge operation in Word, the document that contains the text and graphics that are the same for each version of the merged document, for example, the return address or salutation in a form letter.), the prompt is displayed each time you merge a new data record (data record: A complete set of related information that corresponds to one row of information in the data source. All information about one client in a client mailing list is an example of a data record.) unless you use the \o switch.



The bookmark name assigned to the response to the prompt, for example, ClientName.


Prompt text, which is displayed in a dialog box, for example, "Enter the client's name."


\d "Default "

Specifies a default response if you don't type a response in the prompt dialog box. For example, the field
{ ASK Typist "Enter typist's initials:" \d "tds" } assigns "tds" to the bookmark "Typist" if you don't enter a response.

If you don't specify a default response, Word uses the last response entered. To specify a blank entry as the default, type empty quotation marks after the switch; for example, type \d "" .


When used in a mail merge main document, displays the prompt once instead of each time you merge a new data record. The same response is inserted in each resulting merged document.

Applies to:
Word 2003