How to remove username from track changes in Word 2013 & 2010

We have seen how to change the username that gets displayed for track changes in Word 2013 & Word 2010. But if you are sharing the word document with track changes and do not want to display the author who did the change then you can remove the information from the document.

To hide the username from track changes, click the File menu then navigate to Info menu.

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Click the Check for Issues down arrow and select Inspect Document from the drop down menu list.

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In the Document Inspector Window, un tick the check box with label as Document Properties and Personal Information and click the Inspect button.

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This would remove “who did the changes” information from the document.

In Category: Office 2010, Word 2010

Ravi Shankar

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  • jim May 12, 2012, 12:55 am

    This suggestion does not work. I removes the changes and any comments. What is needed is the ability to only remove the author’s names and leave the comments and show the marked changes.

  • jim May 12, 2012, 12:55 am

    This suggestion does not work. I removes the changes and any comments. What is needed is the ability to only remove the author’s names and leave the comments and show the marked changes.

  • Kate August 21, 2012, 12:04 pm

    This info is backwards.
    Within the Document Inspector window should only show the Document properties and personal information check box as checked and the rest to remain blank. Alternatively leave them all checked and after Inspection has run ONLY Click on Remove All for the Document Properties & Personal information.
    You may also need to go to the File>Options and Trust Centre>Trust Centre Settings.
    In the Privacy Options within the Document Specific Settings, check the Box that says Remove Personal Information from Properties on Save.
    Then Save your document.

  • Kate August 21, 2012, 12:04 pm

    This info is backwards.
    Within the Document Inspector window should only show the Document properties and personal information check box as checked and the rest to remain blank. Alternatively leave them all checked and after Inspection has run ONLY Click on Remove All for the Document Properties & Personal information.
    You may also need to go to the File>Options and Trust Centre>Trust Centre Settings.
    In the Privacy Options within the Document Specific Settings, check the Box that says Remove Personal Information from Properties on Save.
    Then Save your document.

  • Ross November 13, 2012, 4:58 pm

    Just a point to note: the “Remove Personal Information from Properties on Save” feature is only available if the document was created in an earlier version of Word. If the document was created in 2010 (even if saved as .doc), the feature remains grayed-out.

  • Ross November 13, 2012, 4:58 pm

    Just a point to note: the “Remove Personal Information from Properties on Save” feature is only available if the document was created in an earlier version of Word. If the document was created in 2010 (even if saved as .doc), the feature remains grayed-out.

  • scott August 12, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Kate’s corrected instructions work – thank you.

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