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WORD-PROCESSING-type fields are typically used so that you can write, edit, and format text for letters and reports, text information in patient records, electronic MailMan messages, application packages, responses, and so on.
VA FileMan provides two editors for WORD-PROCESSING fields: the Line Editor and the Screen Editor. Your system manager may provide other editors as well. Examples of Alternate Editors include: LetterMan and the Extensible Editor.
You can select any of the available editors on the system as your Preferred Editor. If you select a Preferred Editor, that editor will be used whenever you edit a WORD-PROCESSING field. If you don't choose a Preferred Editor, the following defaults are used:
Your Preferred Editor should now be set to the editor you've chosen. This is the editor that will be used whenever you edit the contents of a WORD-PROCESSING field.
Selecting your default editor determines which editor is used whenever you edit a WORD-PROCESSING field. However, if you want to temporarily switch to another editor once you've started editing, both the Screen Editor and the Line Editor allow you to do this:
Reviewed/Updated: March 4, 2007