PC Doctor June 1, 2021

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Dear PC Doctor:

I recently started a new job. I am using the same computer that my predecessor used. Even though I have my own account for the computer, with my own password, when I use any Microsoft Office program the document I create is given her name as the author. I know it doesn’t really matter – No one really sees it and my boss knows I’m the one doing the work. But I’d like to know if there’s a way to change it.

New Hire

Dear New Hire:

When you create a new document, Word sets the Author property based on the User name setting that appears in the Word Options dialog box. Likewise, PowerPoint sets this property for new presentations you create, using the setting in PowerPoint Options, and Excel sets this property for new workbooks you create, using the setting in Excel Options. The User name setting also provides the name and initials that are displayed in comments and tracked changes.

Give this a try.

This procedure changes the related settings for all Office apps, regardless of which app you are using when you change them.

Open a Word file. Click File > Options. Click General. Under Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office, type a new name in the User name box. Click the checkbox next to Always use these values regardless of sign-in to Office.

I hope this helps!
Until next time,
Happy Computing!
PC Doctor

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