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I have a simple document library on my department's SharePoint Online site. I've uploaded a mix of Word documents and PDF documents to it.

I want to show the title of each document.

I've worked out how to make a title column appear (I'm a SharePoint novice so that in itself was an achievement). SharePoint automatically fills in the title column for the Word documents with the title I entered in the title metadata box in Word's save dialog.

However SharePoint doesn't seem to do the same for the PDF files. I am pretty sure the title metadata is in the PDF file - I filled in that field when I did the Save As PDF and I also verified the title field was there using the Evermap AutoMetadata metadata reader utility - but SharePoint doesn't seem to pick up on it.

Why? Is there something I can do to fix this? In your replies, please remember that I'm a SharePoint novice and not quick on the uptake when it comes to software.

I'm using SharePoint Online

  • hi you have got my interest as I work with both SharePoint on premise office 365. I haven't noticed this before but will try uploading a pdf to both envs and report back. ..Normally the title is optional but the name property is updated when the file is uploaded to the library. I will start with looking at your views. – westerdaled Feb 10 '15 at 20:47

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