Programmatically get Word Doc author without opening document (VB6.0)

Posted on 2006-03-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have an application which provides a list view of a directory with filename, modified date, and author.  The only way I have found so far to get the author info is to open the Word document and use the .BuiltInDocumentProperties of the active document.  But opening and closing each file takes time and changes the modified date.  Is there a way to get the author either through the file properties or the document properties without opening the file?

There must be a way since Author is one of the columns you can view in Windows Explorer.

Cindy P.
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    Acctually, that article might be way too old. Sorry, let me try to find something more suitable for Word 2000, 2003.

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    Any direction you can offer is helpful.  I am using a file scripting object to get the date last modified, but need the author as well.  The first article you sent seemed to focus on HTML files.  I am working specifically with Word 2000 document.


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