Problem: Adding custom properties to document text in Word 2007 

There is some serious pain going on when you need to add a simple custom document property into multiple Word 2007 text areas.

Say you have a version property that you would need to update using the document property mechanics. And say you use it in four different locations inside your document.

  • There is no ribbon command for it. There was a menu option in Word 2003 days.
  • There is no simple way of adding to The Ribbon. You have to customize the Quick Access Toolbar and stick with ugly, limited use icons forever or so.
    • You need to choose All commands in Customize Quick Access Toolbar to find Insert Field option.
  • This is not the only limiting option for a power user. The number of simplifications for the casual user is equal to the number of limitations for the power user. And yes, I know, casual users win the number battle.


  1. Right click The Ribbon and select Customize Quick Access Toolbar
  2. Select All Commands and Insert Field
  3. Add it to Custom Quick Access Toolbar
  4. Click the new icon
  5. In Field names select DocProperty
  6. Select your value, in this example Version

Yes. Ease of use.

Please, give me an option to get my menus and keyboard shortcuts back.

Pretty please.


Categories:  Microsoft | Personal | Work
Monday, July 9, 2007 9:44:50 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments


Tuesday, July 15, 2008 5:19:11 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
1. Click 'Insert' Ribbon Tab
2. Click 'Quick Parts'
3. Click 'Fields'

Then just select the fields you want to insert from there.

If you want to add the same field to multiple locations in your documents. Just copy and paste the field to those places.

Thursday, July 17, 2008 8:56:27 PM (Central Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)
Wow. Indeed this makes it shorter, but still not good enough in terms of pre-2007 simplicity.

Thanks though.
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