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Word document properties in Record Center

Doing some work with a SharePoint 2010 Record Center and there is a curious omission.  SharePoint can read the properties of a Word document and pre-fill library column metadata.  These standard columns (Author, Keywords etc) work out of the box on any document library except for those created in the Record Center.

This had me scratching my head for a while, until I found this posting from Eric Schupps which explains that the Document Parser is switched off by default in Record Center.

To fix, a quick PowerShell script.

$site = Get-SPSite -Identity "http://your.url.to.site.here"
$web = $site.OpenWeb()
$web.ParserEnabled = $true
$web.Update()
$web.Dispose()
$site.Dispose()

BTW, it is worth following Eric Schupps, aka the SharePoint Cowboy as he is a regular speaker at SharePoint conferences and groups. Can’t miss him. Always wears a big ten gallon hat. I’m not sure which American state he is from, I think it might be Illinois.