Word 2007 When Saving Word Document Reviewer name is changing to "Author" or "A1" etc


Recently I worked with few support issues where users had documents with Track Changes enabled. When user make the changes in the document, it shows “username” who made the change. But as soon as they hit SAVE button to save the document, username is replace by either “Author” or “A1” etc.


Well the root cause of this issue is option “Remove Personal Information from File Properties on Save” is enabled.


To have your document save the username, uncheck this option. You can find this option under


Office Button|Word Options|Trust Center|Trust Center Settings|Privacy Option|Document Specific Settings


If you have mutiple documents where you want to uncheck this option, you can use following macro sample.


Note:- This Macro is an example to handle specific scenario. You probably need to modify this macro to meet your needs.  


WARNING: ANY USE BY YOU OF THE CODE PROVIDED IN THIS EXAMPLE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. Microsoft provides this macro code “as is” without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose.


Sub RemoveInfo()
If ActiveDocument.RemovePersonalInformation = True Then
ActiveDocument.RemovePersonalInformation = False
ActiveDocument.Save
End If


End Sub
 

Comments (33)

  1. Anonymous says:

    How do I resolve this issue in Word 2010 when the option is grayed out?

  2. Anonymous says:

    great tip, I wasn’t getting anywhere with Microsoft Word HELP.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you!

  4. Mike Thomas says:

    Great tip!  I was scratching my head on this one.  Almost impossible to figure out on my own.

  5. Laura Wooton says:

    Thank you!! Spent 2 hours trying to figure this out

  6. Relieved Ramone! says:

    Thank you!!!!  I've been frustrated by this for so long–I shudder to consider how many hours this stupid issue has caused me to waste troubleshooting, fruitlessly searching through Word's help, Microsoft's help, and the rest of the internet.

  7. Bob says:

    I agree with Ramone, burying this feature 6 steps deep in the settings is ridiculous.  This should be the default setting.

  8. SV says:

    Thank you SO much!!! Had me puzzled for quite some time…

  9. Jen says:

    Thanks a ton. Really helpful.

  10. shabin says:

    time saving simple solution……….

    great help….

  11. Simon says:

    Thank you SO MUCH! This was driving me crazy! Thank you sincerely for taking the time to share your knowledge. You answered a prayer!

  12. William says:

    Thank you !!! Spent half a day to figure this out.

    How come this option is on in the first place…?

  13. Colleen says:

    Had this problem in Version 2013, too. Your fix saved me tons of time; thanks!

  14. Gunnar Fox says:

    Nice tip. Tough to crack otherwise.

  15. Mdg says:

    Thank You!!!! You saved me.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Splendid tip. Very hard to find this answer, and not at all intuitive. Thank you.

  17. Jamie says:

    You just saved my sanity.

  18. RR says:

    Thanks for saved time :)

  19. Anonymous says:

    Thank you soooooo much! Word is so NOT user friendly.

  20. Moira says:

    Still a useful tip, thanks for making it so clear.

  21. Balraj says:

    Thanks so much …this option id deep hidden!

  22. Dana says:

    Thank you! This resolved a very time consuming problem for me!

  23. Beulah Sherlie says:

    Thank you so much!! You saved my time!! :)

  24. Sam says:

    How do i resolve if the option is grayed out? Also how can I run the script provided?

  25. Anonymous2 says:

    Sadly, " "Remove Personal Information from File Properties on Save" is greyed out (ie unchangeable) for me.

  26. Julie Aldridge says:

    Is there an option to this in 2013 when the setting is grayed out and unchecked. It seems I still have the problem.

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