Track Changes - User name

Posted on 2011-10-17
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Experts, I have an issue of making changes to a document, saving it and then my changes are shown as "Author" and not as my user name.  I am not sure why this happens.  Maybe there is a particular name of "Author" on the document level.

My name is correct under review / Track Changes / Change User Name

What is odd is that if I make a change, the change will be labeled with my Name but later that change will be labeled as "Author".  

Maybe the original user name of the file is "Author"?  
how can I check that?  

Any other ideas?  I need to have my changes labled as my changes and fixed like this and not change back to being labeled as "Author" because no one knows who "Author" is and when several people are working on the same document there is no way to determine who made what change.

thank you  ( I am using Word 2007)
Question by:pdvsa
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Accepted Solution

Techn9cian earned 2000 total points
ID: 36979318
Check under Excel options > trust center > trust center settings > document specific settings > is 'remove personal information from file properties on save" checked?

Author Comment

ID: 36979356
Hi, the setting is checked under "remove personal information from file properties on save".  You think it should not be checked?  

OK...I just unchecked it and saved the file and the my user name is shown as the user who made the change.  I think unchecking that was the soluiton.  

thank you.  Do you know if Word defaults to this setting of "removing personal information on save"?  

Expert Comment

ID: 36979392
In Word 2007, the remove personal information from file properties on save (disabled) option is available only if you are working with a document that was created in an earlier version of Office, and you used this option in that version to remove personal information.  By default in my Word 2007 this option is greyed out.

Author Comment

ID: 36979519
thank you very much for the expert help!  This has been driving me nuts lately and now I know how to fix it :)


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