I upload a Word file. The Word file does not have the document property "Title" filled in. The SharePoint item title column is empty because of this. I fill the column with a title e.g "MyDocument". Later I update the item and the title column is empty because SharePoint takes the empty title of the document.

How can I prevent/fix this behavior? maybe a event-receiver which save the old title and writes this title after the update back?

Greetings, AHO

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Edit the document from SharePoint rather than uploading a new copy, which is in effect telling it to overwrite the metadata.


You can create a workflow to update the title when a document is created. Have a look at the answers here


We've experienced this issue with XLSX files. You could use doc/xls files, which don't seem to have this issue.

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