Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. 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: Creating Custom Document Properties.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 20, 2019)
Besides your actual document, Word also maintains quite a bit of statistical and overview information about your document. You can view a portion of this information by choosing the Properties option from the File menu. Word then displays the Properties dialog box for your document, and you can use the different tabs to view the information maintained.
In addition to the standard properties maintained by Word, you can create your own custom document properties. These can then be used within your document (using the DOCPROPERTY field) or within macros. To create a custom document property, start by displaying the Properties dialog box for the document. How you do this depends on the version of Word you are using. If you are using Word 2010 or a later version, follow these steps:
If you are using Word 2007, follow these steps:
Regardless of which version of Word you are using, make sure the Custom tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. The Custom tab of the Properties dialog box.
From this point you can follow these steps:
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