The Report Writer report actually feeds the XML for the Word Template, so for the field to be available in the Word Template, you must first add it to the report in Report Writer (Microsoft Dynamics GP-Tools-Customize-Report Writer)
Add the field to the correct section of the report, although it doesn't matter cosmetically where it appears. You will also want to make sure that you have security to print the modified report, to ensure that it is pulling the proper data (Microsoft Dynamics GP-Tools-Setup-Alternate/Modified Forms and Reports ID, User Security).
Next, open the Template Report Maintenance window, Reports-Template Maintenance. Click on the Report Name dropdown, and select More Reports to open the Reports menu.
Select the Product (in this case, Microsoft Dynamics GP), the Series (in this case, Sales), and the Status should be Modified. Selecting Modified for the Status matches the template to the modified report, enabling the additional fields to be pulled on to the template. Click Select to return to the Report Template Maintenance window. Then click the New button to create a new template.
You can choose to create a Blank Template, or From Existing Template. If you choose From Existing Template, select the Template to copy from. Even if you copy from an existing template, the additional fields from the modified report will still be available to be added to the report.
Next, click Modify to open the selected template in Microsoft Word. Note that the Order Date field is now available for selection.
Now you can add the field to the template as needed. Easy, huh? The downside is that you do need to know Report Writer in order to modify the underlying report so that the field is available in the template. But the good news is that is a rather simple process to make the new fields available on the template.
Good luck! And feel free to share any other tips and tricks you have run across while working with the Word Templates.
Christina Phillips is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Dynamics GP Certified Professional. She is a supervising consultant with BKD Technologies, providing training, support, and project management services to new and existing Microsoft Dynamics customers. This blog represents her views only, not those of her employer.