You might have noticed that The document Information Panel was removed in Office 2016. Or more likely you probably never really missed it.

Do you remember this section that would let you update document properties:

Well in Office 2016 you were able to get to these options in the document properties.


Now in Word 2016 you will find something back that looks a bit like the properties panel.

It doesn’t open by default, but it feels fairly similar to the DIP as it appears next to the document. And this is straightaway a massive improvement. Where in the past the DIP would take a lot of the document editing space away when it appeared above the document, now that it appear on the side no editing space is lost.

But there is more…

When you open a document which has any required properties that should be completed, you will find a yellow warning asking you to open the properties panel.

Also, I remember that the DIP was always struggling with the more complicated columns like Managed Metadata columns. So I added a Managed Metadata column as well and without any problems this column appeared inn the Properties panel.

OK, the selection screen could still do with some work. AS I’m sure you will agree that the multiple scroll bars don’t look particularly good, but having had just a short play with this new feature I’m glad that it has been made easier to update the document properties.