View my privacy options

Read about the privacy options you might want to use. Some privacy options affect what information and files are downloaded from or sent to Microsoft. Other options can help you protect your privacy when you share files with other people. Some of these privacy options might not be available, depending on which Office program you’re using.

  1. Click File > Options.
  2. Click Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Privacy Options.
  3. Go to the next section to read a description of each privacy option.

Description of each privacy option

Allow Office to connect to the Internet

Applies to Office 2013 programs.

When you check the Allow Office to connect to the Internet box, when you’re on the Internet, Office can use online services and find the latest online content.

Connect to Office.com for updated content when I’m connected to the Internet

Applies to Office 2010 programs.

When you check the Connect to Office.com for updated content when I'm connected to the Internet box, you get the most up-to-date Help content downloaded to your computer from the Office.com website. You must be connected to the Internet to receive the downloads. The complete Help system isn’t downloaded, just the Help article you click in the Search results box.

Download a file periodically that helps determine system problems

When you check the Download a file periodically that helps determine system problems box:

  • You allow a file to be downloaded from Office.com to your computer, so if your computer becomes unstable or crashes, the Microsoft Office Diagnostics tool automatically runs to help diagnose and repair the problem for you.
  • You allow Microsoft to ask you to send error reports for certain types of error messages you might get. When you send a report, the data can help Microsoft understand and try to fix the problem.
  • You allow Microsoft to provide you with up-to-date Help content that helps to troubleshoot the problem on your computer.

For more information, see Change Office Diagnostics settings.

Sign up for the Customer Experience Improvement Program

When you check the Sign up for the Customer Experience Improvement Program box, you are helping to improve the quality, reliability, and performance of Microsoft Office.

  • If you are willing to participate, you don’t have to do any additional work. You never have to complete a form, fill out a survey, or answer a telephone call.
  • Microsoft automatically collects information from your computer, including the error messages you get and when they were seen, the kind of computer equipment you’re using, whether your computer is having any difficulty running Microsoft software, and whether your hardware and software respond well and perform quickly. In general, this information is collected once each day.
  • Any information that is sent to Microsoft is anonymous. This information isn’t used in advertising or sales in any way.

For full details about this program, visit the Customer Experience Improvement Program website.

Automatically detect installed Office applications to improve Office.com search results

Applies to Office 2010 programs.

When you check the Automatically detect installed Office applications to improve Office.com search results box, it helps the search on Office.com scope the results to the Office programs you’ve installed.

Check Microsoft Office documents that are from or link to suspicious Web sites

Applies to the following Office 2010 programs: Access, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Visio, Word, Excel Starter, and Word Starter.

When you check the Check Microsoft Office documents that are from or link to suspicious Web sites box, you turn on the spoofed Web site detection to help protect you from phishing schemes. When Office detects a link to a website with a spoofed domain name, you are notified in a security alert. The spoofed Web site detection check is performed locally on your computer. This feature doesn’t send any information back to Microsoft. For more information, see Enable or disable security alerts about links to and files from suspicious Web sites.

Allow the Research task pane to check for and install new services

When you check the Allow the Research task pane to check for and install new services box, you allow the Office program to automatically check for and install new research service.

Allow sending files to improve file validation

Applies to Word and Word Starter only.

When you check the Allow sending files to improve file validation box, you allow Microsoft to collect information about files that fail the file validation. By default a dialog box periodically asks you to send your files to Microsoft.

Allow personalization of advertisements in Microsoft Office Starter

Applies to Excel Starter and Word Starter only

When you check the Allow personalization of advertisements in Microsoft Office Starter box, you allow Microsoft to collect information about your use of the online services and sites provided by Microsoft and its partners. This information is used to predict which ads will be of interest to you.

Warn before printing, saving or sending a file that contains tracked changes or comments

Applies to Word and Word Starter only.

When you check the Warn before printing, saving, or sending a file that contains tracked changes or comments box, you get a warning message if you try to print, save, or send a document that contains tracked changes.

Store random numbers to improve Combine accuracy

Applies to Word only.

When you check the Store Random number to improve merge accuracy box, you increase your chances of getting the best results when you merge tracked changes from multiple reviewers.

Make hidden markup visible when opening or saving

Applies to Word and Word Starter only.

When you check the Make hidden markup visible when opening or saving box, you see all tracked changes that still remain in a document when you open or save the document. This way you can remove any unwanted tracked changes before you send the document out for review.

Remove personal information from file properties on save

Applies to the following Office programs: Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, SharePoint Designer, Word, Excel Starter, and Word Starter.

The Remove personal information from file properties on save option is turned off in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word and turned on for Publisher and SharePoint Designer.

For the programs with the option turned on, the option is available only if you are working with a document created in an earlier version of Office, and you used this option in that version to remove personal information. To remove personal information from this document, click Inspect Document.

Document Inspector

To remove personal information and other hidden data from files created in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, click Inspect Document. For more information about the Document Inspector, see the following articles:

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Applies to:
Access 2013, Excel 2013, OneNote 2013, Outlook 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Publisher 2013, Visio 2013, Visio Professional 2013, Word 2013, Access 2010, Excel 2010, InfoPath 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Project 2010, Publisher 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010, SharePoint Workspace 2010, Visio 2010, Word 2010