DocumentPropertyCollection class

Base class for BuiltInDocumentProperties and CustomDocumentProperties collections.

To learn more, visit the Work with Document Properties documentation article.

public abstract class DocumentPropertyCollection : IEnumerable<DocumentProperty>


Name Description
Count { get; } Gets number of items in the collection.
Item { get; } Returns a DocumentProperty object by index.
virtual Item { get; } Returns a DocumentProperty object by the name of the property.


Name Description
Clear() Removes all properties from the collection.
Contains(string) Returns true if a property with the specified name exists in the collection.
GetEnumerator() Returns an enumerator object that can be used to iterate over all items in the collection.
IndexOf(string) Gets the index of a property by name.
Remove(string) Removes a property with the specified name from the collection.
RemoveAt(int) Removes a property at the specified index.


The names of the properties are case-insensitive.

The properties in the collection are sorted alphabetically by name.


Shows how to work with a document’s custom properties.

Document doc = new Document();
CustomDocumentProperties properties = doc.CustomDocumentProperties;

Assert.AreEqual(0, properties.Count);

// Custom document properties are key-value pairs that we can add to the document.
properties.Add("Authorized", true);
properties.Add("Authorized By", "John Doe");
properties.Add("Authorized Date", DateTime.Today);
properties.Add("Authorized Revision", doc.BuiltInDocumentProperties.RevisionNumber);
properties.Add("Authorized Amount", 123.45);

// The collection sorts the custom properties in alphabetic order.
Assert.AreEqual(1, properties.IndexOf("Authorized Amount"));
Assert.AreEqual(5, properties.Count);

// Print every custom property in the document.
using (IEnumerator<DocumentProperty> enumerator = properties.GetEnumerator())
    while (enumerator.MoveNext())
        Console.WriteLine($"Name: \"{enumerator.Current.Name}\"\n\tType: \"{enumerator.Current.Type}\"\n\tValue: \"{enumerator.Current.Value}\"");

// Display the value of a custom property using a DOCPROPERTY field.
DocumentBuilder builder = new DocumentBuilder(doc);
FieldDocProperty field = (FieldDocProperty)builder.InsertField(" DOCPROPERTY \"Authorized By\"");

Assert.AreEqual("John Doe", field.Result);

// We can find these custom properties in Microsoft Word via "File" -> "Properties" > "Advanced Properties" > "Custom".
doc.Save(ArtifactsDir + "DocumentProperties.DocumentPropertyCollection.docx");

// Below are three ways or removing custom properties from a document.
// 1 -  Remove by index:

Assert.False(properties.Contains("Authorized Amount"));
Assert.AreEqual(4, properties.Count);

// 2 -  Remove by name:
properties.Remove("Authorized Revision");

Assert.False(properties.Contains("Authorized Revision"));
Assert.AreEqual(3, properties.Count);

// 3 -  Empty the entire collection at once:

Assert.AreEqual(0, properties.Count);

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