How to Remove Personal Information from Word 2010 Documents

When you create a document in Word 2010 there is more information attached to that file that the data that you include in the document

Word 2010 also attaches the name and initials associated with that Word 2010 installation to any document that you create.

While this is likely not an issue if the document is for your own use, it could present problems if you are distributing the document to a large number of people.

In situations like this, you may be better served by learning how to remove personal information from Word 2010 documents. This will allow you to create and distribute a Word 2010 file without worrying that someone will be able to associate your name as the creator of the document.

Removing Name and Initials From a Word 2010 File

When we talk about the author name and initials in a Word 2010 document, we are talking about the ones that you entered when first installing Microsoft Word 2010. You can read more about them and how to change them in this article. This information is typically displayed when you hover over a Word file, or if you open the Properties menu for the file and click the Details tab. But you can follow the instructions below to remove that personal information from the Word 2010 file.

Step 1: Open the Word document from which you wish to remove your personal information.

Step 2: Click the File tab at the top-left corner of the window.

word 2010 file tab

Step 3: Click Info in the column at the left side of the window.

open word 2010 info menu

Step 4: Click the Check for Issues drop-down menu, then click Inspect Document.

inspect the word 2010 document

Step 5: Check the Document Properties and Personal Information box (you can uncheck the rest of the options), then click the Inspect button.

document properties and personal information in word 2010

Step 6: Click the Remove All button at the top of the window, then click the Close button.

how to remove personal information from word 2010 documents

Be sure to save the document after making all of your changes.

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