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Thanks all for the clarification and suggestions.
It seems strange that the conversion from MS Word retains objects that can be used in writer but that can't be created in LO (other than copy/paste) or are not converted to LO objects. I suppose that internally these objects are handled and function is good and it just awaits a developer to add the interface for the user at some point. The place holder field seems a simple option to indicate a place to type some information.
Thanks, steve

On 25/04/18 00:16, Regina Henschel wrote:
Hi Steve,

Steve Edmonds schrieb am 22.04.2018 um 22:45:
I have been given a document to edit.
This has grey regions (fields) to indicate where the user should enter
data (not the check boxes) that don't show when printed.

I am wanting to insert more of these but can't seem to locate the item
within LO and would appreciate a hit as to the location in the menus.
I suppose, while I am asking, which menu has the check boxes.
TIA, steve

The document was converted from a Word document. In the file itself you find a lot of elements <field:fieldmark> and <field:fielmark-start>. Those are generated by the conversion. They do not exist in strict ODF but are only possible in "extended ODF". There exists no UI to generate such fields.

Such field can be content of a bookmark in Word, so that the value can be referenced later. The import of those fields do not work, see The "Date" field top left seems to be of that kind, because I see a bookmark "text21" in the navigator, which is connected to that field.

In LibreOffice you can use input fields or -for onetime use- placeholder. They are in Input > Fields > More fields..., tab Functions. But the handling for the user is not as easy as in Word, especially traversing by tab is missing. The advantage is, that the width adapts to the content and the style adapts to the surrounding style. For a checkbox you might copy one from the existing document.

Or you use a form as Robert has suggested. You need not have a database to use form controls.

Kind regards

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