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InfoPath with SharePoint 2010 How-To by Steven Mann

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Chapter 15. Document Information Panel Content Type

The Document Information Panel (DIP) is a form that appears within a Microsoft Office application (Excel, PowerPoint, or Word) when you are creating a new document for a SharePoint document library that contains custom columns. The DIP allows you to enter additional information about the document and have those values stored in the SharePoint document library.

The DIP is actually part of the document content type used within the document library. Adding columns to your document library updates the DIP portion of the content type. Essentially, the DIP is an extension of the Excel, PowerPoint, or Word ...

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