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Article ID: 195005 - Last Review: October 10, 2013 - Revision: 1.1

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When you save a document in Word 97, certain document properties get automatically populated.


To view the document properties, click Properties on the File menu.

When the document is saved, the Title, by default, is populated with the first line of text from the document.

The Author, by default, is populated with the name that appears in the User Information tab (on the Tools menu, click Options).

The Company, by default, is populated by the company name that was used when Word 97 was installed.

To work around these default settings, follow these steps:

All Document Properties

To make sure that all document properties are saved with the properties that you need, on the File menu, click Options. Click the Save tab and select the "Prompt for document properties" option. When you save the document, you can change the Title, Author, or Company to the settings you want for that particular document.

Title Property

You can set the default Title for the Normal template or any template you are using by opening the template and changing the Title under File Properties to reflect the title you want when a document is saved.

To modify the template, follow these steps:

  1. On the File menu, click Open.
  2. In the Files Of Type list, click Document Templates.
  3. Go to the User Template directory or to the directory where the file is located. The default location is:
    C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates
  4. Click the icon, and then click Open.
  5. On the File menu, click Properties.
  6. In the Title field, type the title that you want or type spaces for a blank title.
  7. Save and close the template.

Author Property

You can set the default Author by changing the name in the User Information tab.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. Click the User Information tab.
  3. Change the name to the author name you want.
NOTE: You can place spaces in the Name field to have the name blank when the document is saved.

Company Name Property

To change the default company property information, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
244080  ( ) WD97: How to Change the Company Property Information

  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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