How to delete personal data and authors from Word documents

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November 28, 2022

When sharing Word documents, it is often not taken into account that personal data, such as the author of the document, is stored in the document properties and is visible to the recipients. In order to review a Word document for personal data before sharing it and remove it if necessary, proceed as follows:

Remove author name from Word settings in 3 steps

  1. Click the „File“ tab in the upper left corner and select „Information“.

    remove author name from word settings file tab information

  2. On the lower right side, you will see the author's name under “Related People”. If you right-click on the name, the following menu will appear.

    remove author name from word settings related peaople right click

  3. Now, click „Remove Person“. The name will disappear from the Author field.

    remove author name from word settings remove person


Delete personal data from Word documents and settings

  1. Go to the „File“ tab and select “Info”. You will find the option “Inspect Document”.

    delete personal data from word document inspect document

  2. Now, open the “Check for issues” menu and select “Inspect Document”.

    delete personal data from word document check for issues

  3. If you have not saved the file before, you will first be asked if you want to save it before the scan, because some personal data cannot be restored after removal.

  4. Another window opens. This is where you select, which personal data the Document Inspector should review the document for. For example, headers and footers also fall under personal data and should not be removed as a rule.

    delete personal data from word document inspector

  5. Review the document by clicking “Inspect” once you have finished your selection.

  6. On the result window, you will be given an overview of the categories in which personal data has been found. All personal data can be deleted by clicking on "Remove all".

  7. With a click on "Close", you can finish the process and apply the changes by saving the document.

If you are planning a new project and need to consider hundreds of aspects, you can use Word to create a digital mind map. This creates clarity and relieves the brain. You can read this and many other tips at your leisure in our Microsoft 365 guide.

Especially when it comes to creating templates, removing personal data from Word documents is essential in order to appear professional. Our Content Enablement Solution allows you to manage all your templates centrally via a document library. It also lets you update templates and documents company-wide with only a few clicks. That way you can ensure that every employee uses the most current template version. Once you have changed settings or deleted any data, the changes will apply to all documents based on that template.

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