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Missing "Document panel" in Word 2016 BIS

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There are major issues with the new ‘Properties’ panel
    1) It's only available for Word
    2) It only works for saved documents with the properties already added.
    3) In our test environment, updates to some properties will not even save back to SharePoint.

    Most of our staff are still on Office 2013 because we need the DIP to do our jobs efficiently.

  • Rahil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Newly added feature of property panel has some issues. Most importantly, it is not appearing for new document. it only appears after you save document.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If the goal is to discourage on Prem SP use with Office products, this is one of the better solutions. How are we gracefully going to get users to fill in SP DL required fields when they have to go to another screen and sort through a long list of document properties to find the couple of fields they are looking for. I have enough trouble getting my users to use SharePoint, this isn't helping. It is a closed network that will never go online, so if you are trying to drive us there, we will need to switch.

  • James Carr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yep it’s useless as is - this was such a useful feature of intergrating word and SharePoint, and use of content types. It was clear and transparent to user - now the user isn’t clear what they should do, nor is it easy or very complete when they do. Not only should the DIP come back they should make sure it’s consistent across all office apps, word, excel, PowerPoint etc

  • Ray Boone commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agree that the new implementation does not provide the necessary functionality to make it a viable solution.

  • Moshe` commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    absolutely essential for SharePoint based document libraries. Bring it back!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We need to have the Document Information Panel appear as it did in Word 2013 with the possibility to Always display the Document Information Panel. When making a Template for use by a great number of users which includes automatic insertion of document properties which come from SharePoint columns, we need to see the properties at the same time we are making the Template.We can't be switching back and forth constantly to be sure to insert the correct document property at the correct location. Furthermore, we need users to always see what is already typed in the Document Information Panel because they often use an existing document to make a new one, so it is imperative that the panel be open in front of their eyes to be sure they clear properties that don't belong to the document, example different customer, different report number, different author, etc.

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