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Document Inspector in Word

How to Inspect a Document in Word

Document Inspector in Word

If you’re going to be sharing a document digitally, you may want to check for hidden text like watermarks, comments, and other metadata that should be removed before publishing.

Inspect a Document

  1. Click the File tab.
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  2. Click Check for Issues.
  3. Select Inspect Document.

    The Document Inspector dialog box opens. This lists all of the kinds of hidden data you can find in a document.

    • Comments, versions, and revision marks
    • Document properties and personal information
    • Task pane add-ins
    • Embedded documents
    • Macros, forms, and ActiveX controls
    • Collapsed headings
    • Custom XML data
    • Headers, footers, and watermarks
    • Invisible content
    • Hidden text
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  4. Select which hidden data you want to check for, then click Inspect.
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    The document is analyzed, and any instances of the selected hidden data are noted.

  5. Click the Remove All button next to a category’s results to remove those elements.
  6. Click Close when you’re done.
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The hidden elements are removed from the document, and it's ready for distribution.

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