When you send a Word document to a client or a co-worker, you are also sending metadata - info about the document - as well. You can easily include embarrassing comments, hidden text or info helpful to hackers. Here's how to get rid of it.
- How to minimize metadata in Microsoft Word 2002
- Word 2003 version
- XL:How to Minimize Metadata in Excel Workbooks
- PPT2002: How to Minimize Metadata in Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations
- How To Minimize Metadata in Microsoft Word 2000 Documents
- PPT2000: How to Minimize Metadata in Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations
- PPT97: How to Minimize Metadata in PowerPoint Presentations
- WD97: How to Minimize Metadata in Word Documents
Easy until you try it What could be simpler! Almost anything. Check out this partial list of metadata to remove from Word 2002:
- How to Automatically Remove Personal Information When You Save
- How to Manually Remove Your User Name from Your Documents
- How to Manually Remove Personal Summary Information
- How to Manually Remove Personal Summary Information When Connected to a Network
- How to Manually Remove Comments in Documents
- How to Manually Remove Headers and Footers from Documents
- How to Manually Remove Revision Marks
- How to Turn Off Fast Saves
- How to Search for and Remove Text That Is Formatted As Hidden
- How to Remove Hyperlinks from Documents
- How to Remove Old File Versions from Documents
- How to Remove Links from Field Codes
- How to Remove the Template Name and Location
- How to Remove Routing Slip Information
- How to Remove Mail Recipient Information
- How to Remove the Names of Previous Authors
- How to Remove Visual Basic References to Other Files
- How to Remove Network or Hard Disk Information
- Embedded Objects in Documents May Contain Metadata
- How to Remove the AdHocReviewCycleID Property from Documents
Kudos to Microsoft for publishing these papers. But for the next round of Office updates, how about a simple "Minimize Metadata" button on the toolbar?
Security shouldn't be this hard.
Comments welcome, of course. What is your most embarrassing metadata story?