How to Add Your Name to Microsoft Word

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In Brief...

You can add your name and initials to Microsoft Word in a few simple steps. When you do, the information is used throughout the Microsoft Office products. Word uses this information for tracking changes and assigning comments and for prefilling data used by some of the built-in templates.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Word: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. From the File menu, select Options. In Microsoft Word 2007, click the Microsoft Office button and select Word Options.
    Select Options

  2. The options you can customize are grouped into categories, which you can see on the left side of the screenshot below. The default category is General (in Microsoft Word 2007, the default category is Popular). Fill in your name and initials under Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office.
    Personalize Your Copy of Microsoft Office

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