Use Design Mode when Working with SmartDocs Content


If you are working with a document that contains a lot of conditional text or SmartDocs content, you may want to consider turning on Design Mode, so you can see the start and end points of all SmartDocs tags in your document. Design Mode can be turned on and off from the Design Mode feature located on the SmartDocs ribbon.

All SmartDocs content – variables, snippets, conditional content, SmartFinders, etc. – is tagged using Microsoft® Word content controls. When you turn on Design Mode, you can see all of the content control tags in your current document. This can make working with your SmartDocs content much easier, especially when dealing with complex scenarios such as conditional text or nested SmartDocs content.

Here is an example that contains multiple instances of conditional text nested inside of a reusable snippet. With Design Mode turned off, it can be difficult to determine exactly what SmartDocs content you are working with and where it begins and ends.

Notice that by turning Design Mode on you can easily see where the snippet and the conditional text starts and ends.

When Design Mode is turned on you can see the start and end points of all SmartDocs content. In this example, you can see that this content is a reusable snippet that contains two instances of nested conditional text.

As you can see, using Design Mode can be a big help when working with documents that contain a large amount of SmartDocs content. You can determine the type of SmartDocs content that the tag stands for by looking at the first letter in the tag name:

  • R = Reusable Snippet
  • C = Conditional Text
  • F = SmartFinder
  • Reusable Variable = the tag name will be the name of the variable.
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