Field codes are used to create automatically generated content like cross-referencing, captioning, list of figures etc. Word is complete crap for technical writing and cross-platform collaboration but these things are decent and should be used.
Screw that nonsense. I found how to do both. I write up my reports the correct way - with fields - and strip the final version so that none exist and they can piss around doing whatever it is they do.
Thanks to this post, it's absolutely simple to do http://assorted-experience.blogspot.com/2008/04/remove-field-code-from-word-document.html
just like updating the whole document select all
then strip the fields with
Now that I can avoid intentionally doing things inefficiently, I feel much more motivated to finish this report. Thanks KG from the link!
Of course, there is a cross platform option that will always work...LaTex. Damn Word is crap for my work.