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Word stores all sorts of unsavory information in .docs: past edits and undos, your name, the location of the file on your computer, etc. There should be a command to remove all such information from a file, thereby [arguably] reducing functionality while cleaning the file for general consumption and
How to remove sensitive information from Word files
(Or: how you can't always.) From The Guardian's Ask Jack column. [kropotkin, Oct 04 2004]
||There's apparently a downloadable fix for Office 2003/XP, but not for Office 2000. Best solution is to save as an RTF file. I hate to say it, but sometimes Microsoft really are idiots. (For more info, see link.)
||Just paste it into WordPad, and resave... that should clean it up.
||Save it as a pdf. Then people will be able to read it on any platform, safe from viruses and it will be properly formatted too.