Word includes a few keyboard shortcuts and other tricks that can help when dealing with Merge fields.
Creating a new Field
Press Ctrl+F9 to create an empty field.
Note that this is not a ‘merge field’, and you will have to enter content to make it into one.
This is now a complete Word MERGEFIELD for the field ‘Example Field’. The way this is displayed is referred to as ‘Showing Field Codes’ by Word.
Right click on it, and select ‘Update Field’:
This will change the appearance of the field to the more common mode:
Editing the Field Codes
To toggle Field Codes on all fields: Press Alt+F9
Will switch between the above view and the below (field codes) view.
You can edit the field in this view, note that it will not update the display of the field when you turn field codes off.
To fix this:
- Select all (Ctrl+A)
- Update selected fields (F9)