Make Track Changes Or Comments Anonymous

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

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MAKE TRACK CHANGES OR COMMENTS ANONYMOUS
Want to remove your identification when adding a Comment or an edit change in Word’s Track Changes or a Comment in Excel? Gregory A. Hook, CPA, director of the performance audit division of the Maryland Office of Legislative Audits, suggests an easy way.

If you add a comment in Word or Excel, the application adds your identification (usually your initials) to the box (see screenshot below).

But if you go to Tools, Options, Security and place a check at Remove personal information from file properties on save, the comment will appear without the identification after you save and then reopen the file (see screenshot below).

Follow the same steps for Excel.

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