Enable Conversion with Microsoft Word Fill-In Fields

Last update: 4 August 2017

Enable Conversion with Microsoft Word Fill-In Fields

Summary

When converting Microsoft Word documents containing Fill-In Fields using Microsoft Word as conversion tool, the conversion does not succeed and is terminated due to a timeout.
The reason for this behaviour is as in the process of saving (converting) the document as PDF each Fill-In Field triggers a dialogue box asking for user input.
Basically it would be possible to deactive the "update fields before printing" feature in Microsoft Word, unfortunately the DocProperty functionality would be disabled as well.
Therefore an additional conversion setting via Windows registry was created, allowing to disable Microsoft Word Fill-In Fields only.

Information

Disabling Fill-In Fields during the conversion triggers a check of all existing fields in the document and convertig the latest content of Fill-In Fields to plain text.
Therefore you might experience a negative peformance impact during conversion.

Solution

To disable Micorosoft Fill-In Fields during the conversion create a new key in the Windows registry of the conversion server at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Fabasoft\FSCCONV@1.1001\DisableWordFillIn (DWORD) and set its value to 1.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Fabasoft\FSCCONV@1.1001]
"DisableWordFillIn"=dword:00000001

Applies to: 

  • Fabasoft Folio 8.0 SP1 and higher
  • Fabasoft eGov-Suite 8.0 SP1 and higher

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