How to Find Metadata in Word Documents

Microsoft Word 2013 automatically adds metadata, such as the document's creators and the time the document was composed or edited, to documents. You can choose to manually add metadata to a document, including titles, tags and comments. To discover what metadata is attached to a document, go to the Info tab or inspect the document to view or remove this data.

View Metadata

Step

Click the File tab to open Info and Document Inspection options.

The File tab opens Info and Document Inspection options.
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Expand the list of metadata.
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Click the Info tab and choose Show All Properties to expand the current list of data.

The complete list of metadata information appears on the right.
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Locate the metadata entries on the right.

Remove Metadata

Step

Click Check for Issues in the Info tab and choose Inspect Document.

Open the document inspector.
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Acknowledge the warning.
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Choose Yes from the warning dialog.

Select Document Properties and Personal Information.
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Check Document Properties and Personal Information in the list of options and click Inspect.

Remove all metadata.
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Click Remove All to delete all metadata.