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You cannot insert a FORM field in a Word header or footer.
By design, Word prevents you from adding a FORM field to a header or footerbecause subdocuments are inaccessible while a document is protected forforms. (To protect a document for forms, choose the Protect Documentcommand from the Tools menu, select the Forms option, and then choose OK.)
NOTE: As used in this article, the word "subdocument" refers to documentcomponents and not to the documents in a master document. The followingdocument elements are examples of subdocuments or document components:headers or footers, footnotes, endnotes, annotations, text boxes, orcallouts.
Word prevents you from inserting a FORM field in a subdocument witheither of the following methods: choosing the Form Field command on theInsert menu and pasting a FORM field from the Clipboard. On the other hand,Word does not prevent you from inserting a FORM field in a header or footer(or other subdocument) by using either the AutoCorrect or AutoText command.However, Word does not activate FORM fields you insert using these methodsand does not move to them when you protect the document for forms. Thismeans that a FORM field in a header or footer has no functionality once youprotect the document for forms.