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Removing Metadata [closed]

asked 2013-03-22 18:47:39 +0100

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updated 2013-07-09 16:35:23 +0100

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Can you remove metadata from a writer or calc document? Lawyers need this function.

-Michael Massey

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answered 2013-03-22 20:11:05 +0100

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updated 2013-03-22 20:18:58 +0100


User data can be viewed and cleared by going to File > Properties. Under the General tab you can click Reset to reset the general user data like total editing time and revision number. Also, uncheck the Apply user data checkbox on this screen. then click the Description and Custom Properties tabs and clear any data you don't want disseminated. On the Security tab, uncheck the Record changes checkbox if not already clear.

If you use the Versions feature, go to File > Versions and delete any older versions of the document that may be stored there.

Under Edit > Changes > Accept or reject, you can clear these if the recipient doesn't need them.

Just for Writer, under View > Hidden Paragraphs, check this feature to be sure all hidden paragraphs are visible.

Just for Calc, go to Format > Sheet and be sure there aren't any hidden sheets.

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answered 2015-10-29 19:13:48 +0100

Do you remove metadata from a writer or calc document?

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answered 2013-03-23 00:49:17 +0100

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Sorry, but may I ask what are "metadata" of a writer or calc file?

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Metadata is any information that is stored in a document that can identify users or organizations that created the document, hidden data and sometimes text or numbers that may not show when looking at the document, but is still present in the file.

razon_22 gravatar imagerazon_22 ( 2013-03-23 06:08:43 +0100 )edit

@mfaile - Thanks for this information!!!

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2013-03-23 12:45:05 +0100 )edit

answered 2014-08-22 10:25:58 +0100

This does not remove all the metadata from a Writer document. There are still Author names and time stamps on all the comments you add.

Does anyone know how to remove these?


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