Privacy Options in Microsoft Office Suite

Microsoft Office Suite offers a lot of features to its users. The suite integrates quite easily with Microsoft’s online storage service SkyDrive. The arrangement ensures that documents are made available to the users wherever they need them.

Having said that, there are certain features in Office settings that are enabled by default. These features let Office download or send some information about you to Microsoft in an effort to help you better diagnose and troubleshoot certain Office problems. Although none of the information collected by or provided to Microsoft is used to identify or contact users, some feel it poses a threat to their privacy.

Under such circumstances one can certainly disable these default features. Let us see how.

Privacy Options in Office

Open Word and click on the ‘File’ menu.

Next, from the left side-bar choose the ‘Options’ menu.

The action will open the ‘Word options’ window. In the window look for the ‘Trust Center’ tab and if found click on its ‘Trust Center Settings’ button to open a new window.

In the ‘Trust Center’ window, click on ‘Privacy Options’ and check out the unwanted options that are enabled by default. Just disable the undesired option that worry you by un-checking the circle next to these options.

You may if you wish disable any one or more of the following options,

  1. Allow Office to connect to the Internet
  2. Download a file periodically that helps determine system problems
  3. Sign up for the Customer Experience Improvement Program
  4. Check Microsoft Office documents that are from or link to suspicious websites
  5. Allow the Research task pane to check for and install new services
  6. Allow sending files to improve file validation

When you are done, hit the ‘OK’ button and exit. This should help you in addressing your privacy concerns in Microsoft Office.

If you need more information, you may read the Privacy Statement for Microsoft Office.

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