Create a document in Microsoft Office and you'll often find it includes metadata, information which you might not realise was there: your name, company name, computer details, version information, comments, and more. Windows allows you to remove this from individual documents (right-click > Properties > Details > Remove Properties and Personal Information), but you can also use Document Metadata Cleaner 3 to check and clean your entire system in a single operation.
The program installs without hassle, no adware or marketing worries. And clicking Analyze allows you to start the reporting process. Decide which documents you'd like to check (Word, Excel, and/ or Powerpoint), point the program at a file or folder, click Next, and you'll soon be looking at a list of files, along with some of the data they contain.
Clicking Clean Files then allows you to process them, and you get to decide exactly what to do. There are options to clear the Title, Subject, Keywords and Comments, for instance; reset the Author, Company, Template name, revision count and editing time; and you can remove the revision log, wipe the Recent Hyperlinks list, strip out the document GUID, and more. Select some or all of the options on offer, and you can delete them with a click.
The program's interface isn't quite as comfortable as it should be. When it lists your files, for instance, you can't double-click a document to view it, or right-click to access its properties. And navigation just doesn't always work as you expect (clicking Back won't always take you back to the previous step, for instance).
Document Metadata Cleaner is still a quick and easy way to strip the metadata from a folder or entire hard drive full of Office Documents, though, and if that's something you need to do occasionally then the program could be worth a look.
The interface is a little cumbersome, but otherwise Document Metadata Cleaner provides a quick and easy way to clean metadata from your Office documents