image-confidential-documentsDo you realize that your Microsoft Word document may contain hidden and personal information that you may not want to share with others?  Confidential information is stored in the document properties or document itself (e.g., comments from reviewers, revision marks from tracked changes, details about the author, date when a document was created, headers, footers and hidden text).

When sharing electronic copies of Microsoft Word documents, it is a good idea to remove this metadata before sharing with others.  To remove metadata, simply open the Word document and create a copy of your original document by clicking File>Save As.  (It’s important to save a copy of your file since you will not be able to restore hidden information after deleting.)

In the copied file, click File>Check for Issues>Inspect Document.  If hidden information is found, click Remove All to remove from your document.

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