Using Document Properties in Microsoft Word 2007

What I really like about LaTeX is the way one can easily define own commands that get expanded in the text whenever needed. Word has a similar feature, called document variables. Unfortunately these can only be set by VBA macros, there is (according to my knowledge) to way to manage them via GUI. Fortunately Word has another feature which provides a more or less similar functionality with the name „Document properties“.

Here’s a brief tutorial how to define and use a new variable:

1) Open the properties of the document


2) Open the extended properties


3) Create a new variable, here I used „Projekt“ with the value „MeinProjekt“


4) To use this new variable simply insert a new field:



5) and select the corresponding variable


6) The internal syntax is the following (when you press Alt-F9 you get this „internal“ view)



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