Getting Rid of Metadata In MS Word Documents Before You Email The File.
This subject comes up often. Many large firms have built in Meta Data Scrubbers in order to remove those things that should not be shared with anybody else. Meaning, the info was part of the development of the work product and not meant for the eyes of the client or any other individual or entity.
We are talking about comments, revisions, annotations, personal info, hidden text, watermarks, certain info in headers and footers, objects covered by other objects etc.
Info getting into the wrong hands can be very damaging to the client and/or the law firm itself. So, how does a smaller firm get rid of the Meta Data and you as an individual get rid of any info that you do not want to carry over to the recipient of the document?
Remove Metadata From Word
Click the File Tab in 2010-16 and click on “Info”, then Check for Issues and select Inspect Document.
To view the Personal Information click on Show All Properties to the right. In Office 2007 click on the Office Button, Prepare and then Inspect Document.
To view the Personal Information before removing it click on Prepare and then Document Properties.
Under Document Inspector I would select all of the choices.
If you need to send the client a black line ten run the black line and send it to the recipient as a PDF.
If Word finds metadata, it will prompt you to Remove All. Once you click Remove All, it cannot be undone.