How to Remove Metadata from Microsoft Word Files

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In Brief...

When sharing Word documents, you may wish to remove document metadata, which is hidden or personal data. To remove document metadata follow these four steps.

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


  1. Select the File menu tab and then select Info, if necessary.
    Select Info

  2. Select Check for Issues and then select Inspect Document.
    Select Check for Issues then Inspect Document

  3. In the Document Inspector dialog box, check the boxes to inspect for certain data and then click Inspect.
    Document Inspector Dialog Box

  4. In the results, select Remove All to remove any found data.
    Select Remove All

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