Removal of Hidden Data from Office 2003 Documents
12 April 2006
Microsoft Office documents, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint, have metadata storage for file properties and review changes. It is clear that many users of these products are completely unaware of this feature. Over the years the unchanged metadata has caused embarassment and problems, and should be a well-known ‘feature’. This surfaces from time to time and is a particularly hot topic at my work-place at present.
I touched on the metadata feature last week in my entry on information fragment names. Peta Hopkins left a comment with a link to a Chronicle of Higher Ed article about the same topic. Today Graham Wilkinson mentioned the free Microsoft Remove Hidden Data tool that can be downloaded from the Microsoft downloads site.