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Missing "Document panel" in Word 2016

In Word 2016 I'm missing the "Document panel" This was something that was made available when enabling "Developer" i Word 2013
We use this a lot when opening Word letters from Sharepoint to enter data into field.

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Removing the DIP in 2016 is going to cause many issues for anyone who is thinking about upgrading. The DIP was a very important piece when using content types within SharePoint all the way up to the 2013 version. The DIP was used as a quick way to get relevant information pushed to SharePoint so that business processes could be managed better. Removal of the DIP is going to now force companies to not upgrade and also force them to start looking for other solutions for EDM/ECM where they were using SharePoint. The DIP is a very important cog in the overall usability of SharePoint and office. By taking features away which allow end users to quickly fill out pertinent information will now cause IT departments to look for other software alternatives which will in turn cause SharePoint to be used less.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    the document information panel needs to be in Office 2016 - should not be deprecated. This will be a show stopper for forms online and upgrading will be on hold indefinitely for many companies.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    There can be no question about it: the document information panel needs to be reintroduced in Office 2016 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint..., the lot) and quick.

    Most of our document flows crucially depend on users updating the status of their document. The document information panel made sure they did this, because it was staring them in the face. Now it's all backstage. Hard to find and several mouseclicks away.

    Why ever did Microsoft do this?

  • Andrew Bragan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We have a whole host of templates which automatically open the Document Information Panel (DIP) when a new document is created. Some of the fields are built-in and some are custom ones derived from our SharePoint library. Regardless, the DIP allows users to quickly enter meta data which is reused in Content Controls throughout the documents. Further, when documents are uploaded to the SharePoint library, the data in these fields is shown in the library list view.

    Not having the DIP open automatically when a document is created - or even being able to open it manually is going to be a real problem for us.

    Please reintroduce this feature.

  • Luke Robertson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is hudge! Document Panel is missing from both Word and Excel 2016, companies using SharePoint document libraries for EDM need to tag their data, within the files themselves. I can see this being a major factor for holding off our Office 2016 upgrade roll-out.

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