Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Printing Document Properties.

Printing Document Properties

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 29, 2015)


Besides your text and formatting information, Word also saves other information with your documents. This "other information" is often referred to as document properties. These properties are used to identify items such as the filename, the author, dates associated with the document, and statistics such as word and character counts. (Other issues of WordTips have included instructions on how to change document properties.)

You can instruct Word to print a page containing your document properties whenever you print your document. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Display the Word Options dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and then click Word Options. In Word 2010 display the File tab of the ribbon and then click Options.)
  2. Click Display at the left side of the dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Display options of the Word Options dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Print Document Properties check box is selected.
  5. Click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (5991) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Printing Document Properties.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is six more than 8?

2018-03-13 16:57:49

Matt Wilcken

Does Word 2010 have a feature that allows the user to print Document Properties as the first sheet rather than after the body of the document is printed? I ask because my work involves printing several doc files and stapling the document properties page to the front of the print so that we all know what filename is associated with the printout. If we could print in descending order with the doc properties first, or ascending with the doc properties last but face up, the printer could automatically staple the doc properties as the first page and we could save ourselves a lot of time.

2015-04-29 09:03:54


I tried this, but there is no change in what is printed with my document.

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