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to transition our company from file shares to SharePoint document libraries – a transition that was initiated but then rescinded once Office 2016 rolled out with too many steps required to tag documents with managed metadata.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

        Thaddeus

      • 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!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please re-introduce this feature. It's one of the key integrations with Office 365/SharePoint. Looking at the Azure Information Protection Labels, this is somehow acknowledged by Microsoft. The old Document Information Panel was however a rusty old feature, that still caused a lot of people misery while still being a key part of a good integration. Please reintroduce this feature on the right side of the screen, maybe in the same way the 'Activity' tab functions. The number of fields will not matter if you use the verticality of the Office clients. and it's hidden from sight whenever you want it to.

        Just like the recently introduced PowerApps Forms Integration for SharePoint, this is vital for Microsoft to invest in.

      • Simon Hudson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We are actively advising all our clients to avoid upgrading to Office 2016 until this is resolved. Office 2016 is fine, but this absolutely ruins many of their business processes. The backstage view of properties is a complete mess, the web form is slow to open and it's impossible to see the information in the document in order to add the details to the metadata properties.

        It now takes many clicks to even see the properties, interacting with them is a horrible user experience.

        So that's about 250,000 users who are not able to upgrade to Office 2016, and that number is increasing. It is also stopping a large proportion of our clients from taking the Office 365 E3 or E5 licence. They are option for E1 or K1 instead and staying with their current version of Office (2013 or even 2010)

      • Adam Crain commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Bring this back ASAP - we just realized this was lost in the recent version of Office. As everyone else has stated its critical to integration of SP and Office!

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