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Custom Properties and Form fields not synchronized

  Asked By: Demarco    Date: Jul 08    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1902

I have noticed a very annoying "feature" of WSS. I have a Word
document with custom properties and form fields which are linked to
the custom properties for displaying and setting the custom properties.

When I set the custom properties using the form fields in Word,
everything works great. I upload the file to WSS using "Explorer View"
and the properties are all present. Perfect.

Here's the problem.... if I change the custom property values using
sharepoint OR even if I open the document in Word and go to
"File->Properties->Custom" and set them there, the linked form fields
do not update. What this does is blow away the values that I changed
and sets them right back to what ever is in the form field.

It would be nice if the form and custom properties were linked both
ways. So not only do the custom properties update when a form field
value is changed but visa versa. When a Custom property is changed it
will update the form value.

Is there something I am missing or do I have to write a macro that
synchronizes the form fields and custom properties at file open and
file close?

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Answer #1    Answered By: Percy Beach     Answered On: Jul 08

It's a word  "feature" not a SharePoint issue. Word doesn't automatically
update any fields  in the document. You can create a startup macro that
selects all the content and does an update  (basically the same as Ctrl+A ->
F9) but personally I don't like stuffing macros into my documents.

Here are some links on how to do this:
www.addbalance.com/.../faq_supplement.htm
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=212703

 
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