Anonymous Track Changes

March 8, 2007

Word tracks the name of a person making changes, when Track Changes is turned on. There may be times when you don’t want the name of the person(s) making changes in a document to appear. What can be done to keep this information “anonymous”?

Two ideas …

Before you begin making changes, from the Tools menu, choose Options, then choose the User Information tab. Change the name and initials – one idea is just to use the name Editor. Remove Address info as well. Click OK. I think you could also look at the Summary tab in the Properties dialog box – choose File, Properties to get there. See your name and perhaps your company? Change that information also.

The 2nd idea works if you have Word 2002 or Word 2003 … from the Tools menu, choose Options, then choose the Security tab. Under Privacy options, select Remove personal information from file properties on save. When you save the document, the tracked changes are attributed to”Author”.

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