Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Controlling Document Properties.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 22, 2014)
You may be aware that Word allows you to track and control quite a few properties relating to your document. Whenever you save a document to disk, Word appends the property information that is used to identify the file and its contents. These properties are also used by the file management utilities in Word and can be accessed by special Word fields.
If you want to change the document properties, you can do so using two interfaces: simple and advanced. How you display the simple interface depends on the version of Word you are using:
Regardless of your version, a panel of common document properties appears just above you document. You can use the controls in the panel to make changes to the properties. If you want to change the properties more extensively, then use these techniques:
Whenever you make changes to document properties, those changes are stored with the document itself. That means that any changes you make in one document's properties won't be reflected in a different document's properties.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (7722) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Controlling Document Properties.
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