Protecting and inspecting Word documents keeps private information private. Learn how to use this useful feature.
Before sharing a document, you'll want to make sure it doesn't include any information you want to keep private. You may also want to discourage others from editing your file. Fortunately, Word includes several tools to help inspect and protect your document.
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Watch the video below to learn more about finalizing your documents.
Whenever you create or edit a document, certain personal information may be added to the file automatically—for example, information about the document's author. You can use Document Inspector to remove this type of information before sharing a document with others.
Because some changes may be permanent, it's a good idea to use Save As to create a backup copy of your document before using Document Inspector.