How to View Metadata in a Word Document

By Foye Robinson

Metadata provides information about a file or page. The information may include the page's title, subject, author, keywords and contents. While you can use metadata to prove ownership of the contents of your work for a book or thesis, it is quite easy to add, remove and modify it within a Word document. You'll find the metadata in the document properties of your file.

Step 1

Open the Word document containing the metadata you want to view.

Step 2

Click the "Office" button, then select "Prepare" and "Properties." The "Document Properties" task pane will open above your page, and it contains the metadata for that document.

Step 3

Type the author, title, subject, keywords, category, status and comment information you wish to add to the metadata.

Step 4

Select the "Document Properties" drop-down menu. Click on "Advanced Properties" to view advanced information. The "Document Properties" dialog box will open.

Step 5

Click on the "Summary" tab to view additional metadata. Click "OK."