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Office document properties(metadata)

Hi!

I'm building a Windows form that allows users to view a
list of files (and their properties(metadata)) stored in a
certain directory.

All of the files in the directory are a result of a mail
merge created in another process.

In the Merge process, I used "BuiltInDocumentProperties"
of the word document to add a subject, keywords, and
comments.

When a user user clicks on any given document in the list,
I want to display this MetaData But I dont want to use an
instance of Word to retrieve it... Its too slow.

If you look at the properties of a word document using
widows explorer, the summary tab lists all of the metadata
without an instance of word running.

Anyone know how that is done?

I am using vb.net for this application but I can handle
answers in any of the VS.NET languages

Thanks,

Patrick
Jul 21 '05 #1
1 1983
On Fri, 28 Nov 2003 09:48:39 -0800, "Patrick Conway" <an*******@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:

Hi!

I'm building a Windows form that allows users to view a
list of files (and their properties(metadata)) stored in a
certain directory.

All of the files in the directory are a result of a mail
merge created in another process.

In the Merge process, I used "BuiltInDocumentProperties"
of the word document to add a subject, keywords, and
comments.

When a user user clicks on any given document in the list,
I want to display this MetaData But I dont want to use an
instance of Word to retrieve it... Its too slow.

If you look at the properties of a word document using
widows explorer, the summary tab lists all of the metadata
without an instance of word running.

Anyone know how that is done?

I am using vb.net for this application but I can handle
answers in any of the VS.NET languages

You may want to try using the DSOFILE ActiveX Component. I'm not aware of any native .NET libraries
for structured storage.
Paul ~~~ pc******@ameritech.net
Microsoft MVP (Visual Basic)
Jul 21 '05 #2

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