Word: Delete, add, or change author name

April 6, 2019

When you create a document in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Excel, the user name you entered on File > Options > General tab is automatically added as the author name. In most cases, you want this. But what if you don’t? What if the author name is the name of the person who created the template you’re using? Or is the original creator of the document you’re modifying who left the organisation long ago? What if you want to remove that name altogether and add your own name (or some other name) as the author?

(NOTE: Be careful when changing the author name that you don’t break any copyright laws—these laws vary from country to country, but essentially, the author of a document is likely the copyright owner of that document, except perhaps in cases of ‘work for hire’ where the organisation owns the copyright. If in doubt, speak to a lawyer or the organisation’s Legal Department.)

This information applies from Word for Windows 2010 and later.

How to delete an author name in an Office document (Word, PowerPoint, or Excel)

  1. Open the document.
    NOTE: If you want to change the author name in a template, right-click on the template, and select Open to open the template. Do not double-click the template to open it as it will only open a document based on the template, not the template itself.
  2. Go to File > Info.
  3. Right click on the author’s name.
  4. Select Remove Person.

How to add an author name in an Office document (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

  1. Open the document.
  2. Go to File > Info.
  3. Click Add an author.
  4. Type in the new name, or click the book icon to select it from your Contacts list.

How to change your name for future Office documents (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

  1. Open a document.
  2. Go to the File > Options > General tab.
  3. Change your name in the User name field.
  4. Optional: Change your initials too.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Close the document.
  7. Check that the new name is applied to a new document—create a new blank document (not based on a template), then check the User name property under File > Options > General tab, and that it’s used as the author name when you go to File > Info.


One comment

  1. Very helpful guide

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