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    Author property (2000 and later)

    It appears that if an Exel workbook is originated on a Windows computer that does not have an identified "user" that the Excel default is to leave the "Author" portion of the Properties box blank. If this is true, when such a workbook is passed on to another computer that does have an identified "user" , by default will Excel pickup the new "user" identity as the workbook's Author or will the Author box remain blank?

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    Re: Author property (2000 and later)

    As far as I know, Excel will not change the Author property of a workbook after it has been saved for the first time.

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    Re: Author property (2000 and later)

    Hans, Thank you.

    Would the situation be the same if User #1 had been identified as the Author, but had employed a metadata deletion tool to remove the Author property before passing on the workbook?

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    Re: Author property (2000 and later)

    Removing metadata clears the Author property. Subsequent editing of the workbook will NOT set the Author property, whether is was clear (by any method) or not. The Author property is only set the first time the workbook is saved, if it has not been set to remove personal data on save (an option available in Office XP and later).

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