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Working with Word and Sharepoint

Last Modified: 2012-07-27
I'm having a play with Word 2010 and sharepoint 2010 to check out it's doc sharing/working features and to see if this would help us with some stuff.

First thing that I'm finding is that it could be a bit confusing for the end user (or maybe it's just me!)

I have set up a doc library with a content type which expects 4 meta data fileds to be provided.
I open Word and do a test doc, I then select save and send and I have to type the URL to the doc library in the address bar (no sharepoint icon to browse rather than this method?) I see on subsequent saves the last used SP doc library is available

Next, I expected to be prompted to provide metadata values but nope?
How do I force this?

When I save the doc it tells me it has now been checked out to me and I need to check in so it can viewed by others... So I click the check in button and click ok (ignoring the version comments box or adding a comment makes no difference) and I get the error shown in the attached image. Not sure why I see this as the doc *is* still checked out to me and not deleted! I have to close the doc and say "no" to check in, go to the SP lib and check in there. (this worked on the first doc but gave .net errors when I attempted the same on the second test doc!)

So as you can see my "playing" with Word and SP for doc management purposes is not going to well and I've only scratched the surface.

Am I doing something fundamentally wrong here?

Stand alone PC. SP Enterprise (SQL Express on same machine). Windows 7 Ultimate. Word 2010 Pro Plus

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