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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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  • Kevin Copeland commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any additional details on what "We’re happy to announce we’ve commenced work on a new feature in Word to support SharePoint properties management." changes will be?

    Also has the bug related to SharePoint Lookup values used in Metadata been reported? When trying to update I the File->Info section you select the value but what is returned to the Quick part is not the value selected but some ID (this was not an issue in Word 2010 or 2013 and was introduced most likely with the 2016 changes that were made)

  • Kurt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Glad to hear that you're going to provide a solution for the DIP. But when will it be available?
    We can't rollout Office 2016 with the DIP missing

  • J. L commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Finally an entire year and some new news from you guys. Please keep it consistent with all the other office applications like how it currently works now please! When will this be out? We are still holding on upgrading until this is resolved.

  • Thaddeus Ferber commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Scientists have recently confirmed that the recent 3.2 magnitude earthquake was, in fact, caused by Microsoft customers around the world doing simultaneous backflips upon learning of this announcement.

    I for one will finally be able to transition our company from file shares to SharePoint document libraries – a transition that was initiated but then rescinded once Office 2016 rolled out with too many steps required to tag documents with managed metadata.

    Now that you have taken it up, would it be helpful for the Microsoft community to provide additional information about our requirements and hopes for your implementation of this feature?

    I’ll kick it off with some thoughts below.
    • In short: It should pretty much look and work the same as the SharePoint Online Modern Document Library details pane works.

    More specifically:
    • It should take the user as few clicks as possible to view and edit the metadata (after all, this is largely a fix from having to click on File tab, show all properties). Ideally it would be set up as a pane (user interface panel) on the right side of a Microsoft Word document. While viewing and editing a document, users should be able to toggle the properties interface on and off. They should also be able to set an option for whether the properties interface appears by default or not when they open the desktop Word application.
    • Anytime you save or check in a document to a SharePoint document library, the properties metadata pane should appear (with properties required by the document library visually highlighted in some way), giving the user a chance to edit the metadata, and then click “OK” to complete the save/check-in.
    • A SharePoint administrator should be able to control which properties appear in the interface.
    • It should use the same interface to view and edit standard properties alongside of custom managed metadata.
    • It should allow you to check in/check out a document from the same interface.
    • It should allow you to “type-ahead” into a text box to find the right metadata term, AND it should give you a browse button to pull up your metadata tree to find items that way. The UX Word 2013 has for managed metadata vis a vis its Document Information Panel is better in this regard to the SharePoint modern document library properties panel because it provides both type ahead and metadata tree options.
    • It should allow you to add new SharePoint managed metadata terms (if the term set is open to user contributions). This UX that Word 2013 has for managed metadata vis a vis its Document Information Panel is better in this regard to the SharePoint modern document library properties panel as well.

    In terms of consistency of user experience:
    • It should work the same for all Office apps (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
    • It should work the same for desktop apps and 365 apps.
    • It should work the same for documents that are created when you click on the new button on the Word desktop app, on the Word 365 app, and on SharePoint.
    • It should work for documents that use a customized template and those that do not.
    • It should work for both documents that you SharePoint managed metadata and those that do not.

    OK Microsoft community, consider the gauntlet thrown. Add your own comments for how you hope this feature will work.


  • Alan C commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Good to hear about this - can you give any hints please? Also add me to be another tester of the new feature. When you are defining the requirements, please don't forget that a large proportion of those people using the DIP used it within the context of SharePoint. Thanks in advance. Alan C

  • Andrew Bragan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Re: Started.

    That's very welcome news! Please keep everyone updated on your progress and shout out if you need beta testers.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday dear Active Review!
    Happy birthday to you!

    (Hate to see how slow a non-active review would be …)

  • J. L commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    UPDATE PLEASE?!We are still using Office 2010 and are in limbo right now.

  • Michael Christoffersen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    O can only agree with the rest of you. Even the fact that MS is not doing anything to resolve it makes one wonder why this forum exists?

    Why should anyone want to click 4 times and getting a lot of messages, in order to archive a document?

  • Alan C commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Dear Microsoft
    Can we PLEASE have an answer about what is happening re the DIP? The not knowing is causing more annoyance than anything else. If the DIP is not to be included, well for most of us that is a BIG INCONVENIENCE but at least we will know. If you are planning to reinstate it, that would be GREAT. If you plan to include some other method, well so long as it is better than the fudge we currently have, we will accept it. Just tell us what is happening. Give us the courtesy of a response. Regards Alan C.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Are you kidding me? Put it back! Was it causing an issue or did someone with 1/2 a brain just decide it wasn't important. So tired of not having common sense features that should be there as well as Microsoft taking away features that should stay.

  • Andrew Bragan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Dear Word Product Team @ Microsoft,

    Will you be providing an update soon, or are you just hoping that the problem you created by removing the DIP will just go away if you ignore it long enough?

  • c.m. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We used the DIP as a serious part of our technology for creating and controlling documents. Please return this capability.

  • J.K. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We've just made the switch to 2016 - so many regrets! How clunky and awful to have to add SP metadata without the DIP. Our document management relies on this! Bring it back!

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