Scrub Your Document With Microsoft Word Document Inspector

By Deborah Savadra

You spent a lot of time getting that pleading or contract together, and now you’re ready to send it out. The last thing you want to do is inadvertently expose your prior edits or others’ comments to prying eyes. If you don’t already have a third-party metadata cleaner installed on your PC, Microsoft Word has a Document Inspector that can clean out any potentially compromising data.

Use Document Inspector to Detect and Scrub Invisible Content

Microsoft Word’s Document Inspector is a built-in feature that can check for and clean out document metadata such as comments, embedded revisions, document information (such as any editors’ names), and other invisible content and hidden text.

Document Inspector is accessible from the File tab in Microsoft Word versions 2010, 2013 and 2016 under Check for Issues > Inspect Document. In version 2007, click the Office button, then click Prepare and Inspect Document.

You’ll get a dialog box that allows you to pick and choose which metadata elements you want to inspect.

For example, if you’re using Word on any type of touch screen and you use the Ink feature to annotate your documents, you want to ensure that box is checked…

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