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Using Word 2010, I've added a custom property to my document, Something, and I've set the value to XYZ. In the document, I hit Ctrl+F9 to insert a reference, and I type { DOCPROPERTY [Something] }. When I go to print preview, the page is blank, and returning to my document, I find my reference is now gone.

What is the proper way to insert a reference to a document property?

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Try it without the square brackets, i.e.

{ DOCPROPERTY Something }

Press F9 after you type the field name, and it should update correctly to your field value.

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Okay, that helped - the value shows up and it stays there now. But when I change the value in the Advanced Properties dialog, the references in the document retain the old value. – Josh M. May 31 '11 at 18:08
    
After you change the value in Advanced Properties, you need to select the field and press F9 to update the field value (there are a few other times Word will do this automatically - such as when you print). – Geoff Oct 17 '11 at 16:25

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