Known issues with the Remove Hidden Data add-in version 1.0 for Office 2003 and Office XP

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SUMMARY

This article lists the additional known issues and topics with the Remove Hidden Data add-in for Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Office XP that are not covered by the ReadMe file.

For more information about the Remove Hidden Data add-in, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
834427 The Remove Hidden Data tool for Office 2003 and Office XP

Note The information in this article applies to the Remove Hidden Data add-in version 1.0. A later version of the Remove Hidden Data add-in has been released.

We recommend that you install the latest version of the tool. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
834427 The Remove Hidden Data tool for Office 2003 and Office XP

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Supported operating systems

  • The installation and the use of the Remove Hidden Data add-in on the following Microsoft Windows operating systems is not supported:
    • Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me)
    • Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
    • Microsoft Windows 98
    • Microsoft Windows 95
    • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
  • The installation and the use of the Remove Hidden Data add-in on Microsoft Windows 2000 have not been tested by Microsoft. There are currently no known issues specific to the use of the Remove Hidden Data add-in when it is installed or when it is used in Windows 2000.

Known issues

Microsoft Excel

  • In Microsoft Excel 2002, printer paths are not removed. However, they are removed in Microsoft Office Excel 2003.
  • The link to a supporting external workbook may not be cleaned from an Excel single-file Web page.
  • In an Excel workbook that includes a list and one or more custom views, the custom views will not be removed.
  • If a hidden column does not contain any text, the Remove Hidden Data add-in will not remove the column.

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Same color text will not be removed in all scenarios.
  • Headers and footers in PowerPoint are not removed because they are not hidden data.
  • Unlike other Office programs that support SmartTags, SmartTags are not turned off and the appropriate text is left in place.
  • VBA macros are unexpectedly removed from PowerPoint files.

Excel and Microsoft Word

  • If multiple objects are layered on top of each other, the objects that are hidden below the top object may not be made visible to the user.

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • If a file previously contained a Microsoft Visual Basics for Applications (VBA) macro, the Remove Hidden Data add-in cannot remove certain traces of the VBA macro.
  • If the Remove Hidden Data add-in shuts down unexpectedly, a log file may be left in your temporary directory. To remove this log file, delete the contents of the temporary directory in your local settings folder.
  • If you close the Remove Hidden Data add-in before it is finished reviewing the document, one or more temporary files may be left in the destination directory. To remove these files, delete them from the destination directory.
  • Single-file Web pages that have been reviewed by the Remove Hidden Data add-in may contain the name of a randomly generated temporary file in the following form:
    file:///c:/number/
    The number that is used in this name is based on the file name of the single-file Web page and cannot be traced back to your computer.
  • Long documents can take a long time to process, up to 5-10 minutes with some documents.
  • When you use the Remove Hidden Data add-in from a command line to work with a collection of documents, if your Office program starts a dialog box, the Remove Hidden Data add-in will pause until the dialog box is closed. If the dialog box remains open beyond 120 seconds, the program will quit and the Remove Hidden Data add-in will continue to the next file, or close if it has reached the last file.
  • If Allow fast saves is turned on, you may have to run the Remove Hidden Data add-in multiple times to remove all data. To turn off this feature, click Options on the Tools menu, click the Save tab, and then click to clear the Allow fast saves check box.

Word and PowerPoint

  • If Allow fast saves is turned on, you may have to run the Remove Hidden Data add-in multiple times to remove all data. To turn off this feature, click Options on the Tools menu, click the Save tab, and then click to clear the Allow fast saves check box.

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Article ID: 834636 - Last Review: July 27, 2006 - Revision: 4.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2003
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003
  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Excel 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition
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