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.
Jake Hätinen commented
Without Document Information Panel, metadata will be rendered useless in SharePoint document handling. This blocks update 2013->2016 for many companies.
Nate Wielgosh commented
This is an absolute must have. Without it, a huge portion of our productivity savings and user adoption will come to a hault! Bring it back ASAP!!
Darren Hemming commented
This is a key functionality for document management. In SharePoint 2007 and the Office suite Microsoft created a cohesive product set which allowed enterprise metadata to be created and managed seamlessly between products. No doubt you remember "good, better; best"? Now this latest version of Office has taken a step back to 2003. Above all, it forces office workers who would previously have relied on a familiar Word/Excel/PowerPoint interface to use the SharePoint UI or an arcane panel under Office's Info tab to fill in their enterprise metadata. I understand the argument that the DIP was exposed differently in different applications, but let's not throw the baby out with the bath water. Both SharePoint and Office are Microsoft products, so it's within the realms of possibility to make all those elements work together consistently. Managed Metadata sync was too big a challenge for InfoPath, but the devs already had that sorted for core Office. In my ideal world, Office Web Apps would also have the DIP as part of their 'full fidelity' editing ethos, but surely the Office client is the point below which we cannot let ourselves sink.
Sherry Kappel commented
A critical capability, indeed! If this panel has been deprecated, is something else proposed as a substitution?
Rob Burger commented
This is absolutely vital in our company for both Word and Excel. Unfortunately, there is also a catch-22 situation with the new "workaround" suggested by Microsoft to use Backstage to set metadata properties: specifically for Lookup fields that come from SharePoint lists, there is a new button to select the metadata from a popup in Backstage. The problem is, the document needs to be saved for the popup window to appear and if the field is a required field, you cannot save the document. Additionally, the button doesn't work for macro-enabled documents (.xlsm or .docm) There are no errors or any visual clues to indicate a problem; clicking on the button simply does absolutely nothing... (I'll be raising that separately as a bug though.)
Until these issues are resolved, we can't upgrade any of our users to Office 2016.
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.
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.
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
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
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.