Creating Snippets Is Impossible

  • What happens: The New button at the bottom of the Snippets view is always disabled, even when text in your document is selected. The Convert commands in the Action pop‑up menu at the bottom of the Snippets view are disabled.

  • What this means: Contract Tools saves snippets in a Word template (DOTX) file. In Contract Tools, this file is called a snippets template file. When Contract Tools starts for the first time, it attempts to create a snippets template file in a folder from which Word loads building blocks. Either Contract Tools couldn’t create this file, or the file was moved or deleted. It’s also possible that the file is saved in a folder from which Word does not load building blocks.

  • What you should do: Choose or create a snippets template file in a folder from which Word loads building blocks.

To choose or create a snippets template file:
  1. Show the Contract Tools pane, click the Preferences button, and then click Snippets Template File.

  2. Click Choose to choose an existing snippets template file or click New to create a new one.

  3. Reopen Word.

The snippets template file must be saved in a folder from which Word loads building blocks. Generally, this folder is %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Document Building Blocks\[Locale Identifier]\[Word Version].

To learn how snippets in Contract Tools relate to building blocks in Word, see Snippets and Building Blocks. To learn general information about snippets, see Working with Snippets.