Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Inserting Custom Properties with Fields.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 12, 2015)
Word maintains a number of different properties related to your documents, as a whole. You can see what these properties are by choosing Properties from the File menu. You can even use the Custom tab to create your own custom properties for your documents.
Inserting the values of properties into a document is done using different fields. Pre-defined properties have their own corresponding fields. For instance, if you want to insert a document's creation date into your text, you do so using the CreateDate field.
What you may not know is how to insert in your document values assigned to custom properties. In order to do this, let's assume you have created a custom property named MyProp. To insert the value of this property in your document, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Field dialog box.
Figure 2. The Field Options dialog box.
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