How to Determine the Owner of a Word Document


The minute you create a new document, Word logs and collects information about that document, including when the file was created, changed and printed, where it is located and the owner. Word considers the owner -- or author -- of the document to be the person whose name appears on the registered copy of Word. You can find this information in Word by going to what's called the "backstage" view.

  • Open the Word document you want to check.

  • Click the blue "File" tab on the ribbon. Click "Info" if it is not already highlighted. You will be able to see the document properties in the right pane, including the author of the document.

  • Click the underlined "Show All Properties" text at the bottom of the pane to get more information, such as the name of the company and the manager of the document, if there is any.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can add information directly in the Properties pane by clicking on an "Add an author" or any other "Add an..." button. Once you click on it, type the information you want and click outside the box when you are done.

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