Any Word document includes, by default, the following metadata fields:
But when a new document is created, in most of the cases, the user doesn’t insert any values into these fields. And why should they do it? Let’s see the benefits.
Edit the Metadata inside the Word client
First of all let’s add some metadata in a Word document.
In both Word 2010 and Word 2013 click on the Info ribbon menu and then on properties and show document panel.
From the Insert ribbon menu by clicking on the Quick Parts button the user can add the metadata inside the word document.
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Integration with SharePoint
Let’s see what happens when the columns corresponding to the Word metadata fields enumerated above are added to a document library and then a document having values into these metadata fields is uploaded.
Since the Title and the Author (renamed as Created By) column are already into the list, only the following columns should be added: Category, Comments, Status, Subject.
Instead of adding the Keywords column activate the enterprise metadata column for the document library.
And now it is time to upload the document. As expected the SharePoint library’s columns are automatically updated with the already existing Word metadata.
- 1. Search Engine – Since the metadata values are automatically saved into SharePoint fields, it can be crawled and queried.
- 2. Managed Metadata – By using the Enterprise Keywords field all the Word tags present into the keyword field are automatically promoted to managed keywords.
Nice to Have
I would have preferred that the Category field would have been defined as a choice field. Unfortunately this is not the case. It can still be achieved with the following work-around:
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