How to Display the Document Panel in Word 2010

Microsoft Word 2010 documents can contain a variety of different types of data. Whether you want to include an image, video, or text, Word offers a way for you to do so. But you may not realize that their is additional information, called “metadata”, that is also attached to your file. This data is separate from the content of your document, and includes information such as the author’s name, the title of the document, or even keywords for the document.

There are several places where this information can be entered or edited, but one of the options is to edit this information in the Document Panel. Our tutorial below will show you how to open the Document Panel in Word 2010 so that you can use it to change the information as needed.

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Showing the Document Panel in Word 2010

The steps in this article will show you how to display the Document Panel above your document in Microsoft Word 2010. This is where you can set a lot of the metadata for your document, such as Author Name, Subject, Title, Keywords and more.

Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word 2010.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

click the file tab

Step 3: Click the Properties drop-down menu in the column at the right side of the window, then click the Show Document Panel option.

click properties, then show document panel

Step 4: You can then make changes to any of these values by editing the data in the appropriate field. You can also make additional changes by clicking the Document Properties link at the top of the Document Panel, then clicking the Advanced Properties option.

click document properties, then advanced properties

Be sure to save your document after changing any of these values.

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