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  • Hi,

    We use the DIP extensively for SharePoint Templates and in particular to pre-populate metadata fields in document templates. The document information panel has been removed from Word. A quick search tells me the DIP is deprecated but we need a workaround.  Can someone in the know advise?

    The last word from Microsoft is they are working on something but they have not commented since last year.

    https://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/9748581-missing-document-panel-in-word-2016

    This video shows how we could use backstage instead but it won't replace what we had

    https://www.screencast.com/t/fPMxWcLvh

    got the link from here:

    http://itgroove.net/brainlitter/2015/11/08/office-2016-and-the-mystery-of-the-missing-document-information-panel/

    The MS official response,which is repeated on every forum, is here:

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3092185/the-document-information-panel-dip-is-deprecated-in-office-2016-applic

    This is a search of the MSDN forums with no fix.

    https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/home?filter=alltypes&sort=lastpostdesc&searchTerm=%22document%20information%20panel%22%20deprecated



    Thursday, March 29, 2018 4:38 PM

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  • Hello _wysiwyg,

    This forum(Word for Developers) is for development issues related to Word Object Model and your problem is more related to Word product feature, so I would move this thread into Word IT Pro Discussions.
    Thanks for your understanding.
    Best Regards,
    Terry


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    Friday, March 30, 2018 1:58 AM
  • Not exactly "in the know", but...

    Do you see an icon called "Properties" at the right hand end of the View tab, in a group called "Sharepoint" ? 

    I am using Microsoft's Office-365 version of Sharepoint, not the on-premises 2013 version, so I cannot be sure that you will see that icon. My 365/2016 Windows Word version is 1803 Build 9126.2098 Click-to-run. 

    If you are not using the 365 version of Word I do not think you will see this icon anyway. I have not explored it much, but I think if your document is not a Sharepoint one, clicking the icon will take you to the backstage. Otherwise, it pops up a task bar that is at least available when you are viewing the document (like the DIP). I have not explored it further than that, and obviously cannot tell whether it is adequate for your needs, but it does seem to function rather better than the backstage properties interface.

    From a screenshot I saw, this appears to have appeared in Word 2016 in late 2017, not all that long after the UserVoice announcement that Microsoft was working on a new interface.




    Peter Jamieson

    Friday, March 30, 2018 9:18 AM
  • Peter,

    Thank you for response. I do have that icon which takes me backstage. 

    Unfortunately backstage doesn't replace the functionality we had with the DIP

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/ms550037(v=office.14).aspx

    This 3rd party product seems to but I can find no more info on the vendor

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVGqpns0oT8

    Sunday, April 1, 2018 12:53 PM
  • Hi,

    As you have already known, the Document Information Panel has been removed in Office 2016 applications. Currently, the only workaround here is to select FILE > Info > Show All Properties to view and edit document properties in the Properties section. If you want to share any feedback on this, I'd recommend you go to the Office UserVoice forum, which is the most direct channel our product team utilizes to collect feedback from our users.

    Thank you for the understanding and support.

    Regards,
    Steve Fan


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    • Proposed as answer by Steve Fan Thursday, April 12, 2018 7:14 AM
    Monday, April 2, 2018 9:01 AM
  • Here, I found that clicking that icon led to a task pane, unless the document had no SharePoint metadata attached (e.g. was a document that had not come from a Sharepoint server), in which case the icon takes me backstage.

    Even with a document hosted on an SP2010 site, the task pane opens, but a message appears that says "Your SharePoint installation does not support this feature".

    A sample task pane looks like this:

    So far, it seems to work rather better than the equivalent in the backstage, which does not work particularly well here at all. I doubt if it can ever replicate the DIP because the DIP relied on an InfoPath component, I doubt if MS's plan s to replicate that exact functionality, and if your organisation uses its own custom DIPs I doubt if there is any path forward at all. There is also the question of what types of column are supported in this Properties pane.

    It is interesting that you do not seem to get this dialog with documents originating with SP2013. Unfortunately I cannot check that version unless/until I can revive my test SP2013 installation.


    Peter Jamieson

    Monday, April 2, 2018 9:58 AM
  • FWIW I have now revived my SP2013 server and the Properties task pane does appear for documents opened from there.

    re. your question about that YouTube video, I also saw that video last year, but have been unable to find out anything further.


    Peter Jamieson

    Tuesday, April 3, 2018 10:39 AM