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Every time 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.

To see the Author property for a document or workbook, click File > Info, and then look for Author under Related People on the right.

Change the author name for new documents, presentations, and workbooks

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

  1. Click File > Options.

  2. Under Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office, type a new name in the User name box.

  3. Make sure the Always use these values regardless of sign-in to Office check box is selected.

Change the author name only in the current file

  1. On the File tab, select Info, and then, on the right, look for Author under Related People.

  2. Right-click the author name, and then select Edit Property.

  3. Type a new name in the Edit person dialog box.

Note: Changing the Author property in the properties pane of an existing document has no effect on the User name setting in the Word Options, PowerPoint Options, or Excel Options dialog box.

See also

View or change the properties for an Office file

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