How to Find Who Composed a Word Document

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Documents created using Microsoft Word keep a list of properties about the details of the file. The original author of the file will be listed along with the time when the document was originally created and when it was most recently edited. It will also state who made the last edits as well as which computer they were made on. You can access these details without even opening Microsoft Word.

  • Navigate to the Word document on your hard drive and right-click on it.

  • Select "Properties" from the list. A Windows dialog box will open.

  • Click the "Details" or the "Summary" and then "Advanced" tab.

  • Scroll down to the "Origin" section and look for a row labeled "Authors." On the same row across from the "Authors" space will be the name of who created the document. Check other rows in this section to determine who last edited the document, when it was created and when it was last edited. For example, assume your Windows user profile is John123. If you create a Word document while logged in as your user profile, the name "John123" will appear in the space next to the "Authors" section. Directly below "Authors" is the row labeled, "Last saved by." If the document was copied to another computer or user profile and edited, this new user profile will be listed in the "Last saved by" row. A few rows down you will see "Content Created" and "Date last saved," both of which list the calendar date and time stamp of each action.

Tips & Warnings

  • These details will remain accurate if the document has been protected, but unprotected documents can be manipulated. Users can erase or edit these properties to change the creation information.

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