Removing Metadata

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

-Michael Massey


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.

When I export a LibreOffice Calc document to PDF, it still displays metadata like the LibreOffice version number and creation date. Can we disable this without having to use other tools after the PDF file is generated? (currently I have to use other tools: Is there a tool for removing metadata? - Ask Ubuntu)