How to Change Author Name in Word 2007/2010

Whenever you create a Word document, Microsoft Word automatically assign a author name to that document which is asked and saved in its properties at the installation time. So, if you want to change the author name in Word 2007 or 2010 then its very easy to do that.

One more thing i would like to tell you if you change the author name in Word 2007 or 2010 using this method then author name for other Office application like Excel, PowerPoint will be automatically changed, so lets see how to change author name.

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Change author in word 2010


Run Word 2010, Click on “File” tab, click on “Options” to open Word options


Select “General” option on the left side and change the “User name” and “Initials” under section “Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office”

Change author in word 2007

Step 1

Click “Office” button > “Word Options”

Step 2

Now click “Popular” option and under “Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office” section, type the new author name in-front of “User name” field and type “Initials” according to your choice and click “OK” to make the change affective

By changing the author name in Word this will effect on the whole Microsoft Office applications like Excel, PowerPoint and others…

13 comments… add one
zain May 25, 2010, 2:29 am

Nice, buy can i set different author name of word and powerpoint?

Angela May 31, 2010, 2:08 pm

you can just set a single author name for all MS Office applications, suppose if you set it for Word then it’ll be automatically attached to Powerpoint, Excel etc…

Gupta May 31, 2010, 2:31 pm

Yes it change the author name not only for word also for other office application like powerpoint and excel

Noor June 4, 2010, 12:14 am

I want to change author name of an existing document

Waqas June 6, 2010, 10:15 am

Where to download Office 2010?

Jodi February 4, 2011, 2:54 am

I’ve successfully changed the author name (yay!). However, when I print the Word doc to PDF, the PDF still uses my computer’s user name.

Any ideas on how to change that? I’ve already changed it in Acrobat, so it’s definitely being driven by MS Office.

Thank you!

C0oli0 March 10, 2011, 7:42 pm

What if i dont want users to be able to change an existing author?

Mateen October 29, 2011, 12:35 pm

by right clicking the DocX file and then going to summary , also provides a way to change author name.

richard October 31, 2011, 3:03 am

doesn’t deal with initials in “Comment” in the margin, e.g., if i receive a doc from someone else and want to remove THEIR initials.

twosheds June 11, 2013, 11:11 pm

I also had to change the author name under the File/Info tab.

Ashley October 29, 2014, 1:38 am

In Microsoft Excel, my team of four have our Personalized names set up.. For some reason in the same spreadsheet it always says “Ashley” has it.. Even when Julie actually has the file open and in use. I have changed my name several times, and still nothing.. Any ideas people??

RK August 15, 2019, 6:28 pm

I do not know if someone is looking for the solution. Here it is.
Open the word document >Click on the Office icon on top left > click on Prepare > click on the properties sub menu . It will display document properties above the word document. Change the author name and then save the document.
Afterwards you will see the new author name. You have to do it for each document.

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