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Privacy in Microsoft Office

Privacy in Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office 2013, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, OneNote, and Publisher, is designed to help protect your privacy. Because your privacy is our priority, Office gives you tools to help you share documents with the people you want, as well as to find and remove hidden information you may not want to disclose. To learn more about Office privacy, read the Office Privacy Statement.

Note: The following instructions for changing privacy settings are for Office 2013. Helpful instructions are also available for Office 2010, Office 2007, and Office 2003.

Change privacy settings

You can find privacy settings for Microsoft Office in the Trust Center. You can get to the Trust Center in every Office program by following the same steps.

  1. In any Office program, on the File tab, click Options.

  2. Click Trust Center, and then click Trust Center Settings.



  3. In the Trust Center, click Privacy Options.



  4. Make selections that will help set the level of Office privacy you want. The selections can include getting notification if a document is from a suspicious website or links to one, or making hidden markup visible when files are opened and saved.

  5. Click OK.

Remove hidden data and personal information from documents

If you plan to share an electronic copy of an Office document, it’s a good idea to review the document for any hidden data or personal information that you might not want to share. The Document Inspector can help you do that.

  1. Open the document that you want to inspect.
  2. Note: It’s a good idea to use a copy of the original document because it’s not always possible to restore the data that the Document Inspector removes.

  3. On the File tab, click Info, and then click Check for Issues.

  4. Click Inspect Document.



  5. In the Document Inspector box, select the types of hidden content that you want to check for, and then click Inspect.



  6. For each type of content you want to remove from the document, click Remove All, and then click Close.



Note: Get more information about Document Inspector and the types of information it can find and remove.

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