Microsoft Office is the most popular documentation software available for Windows and Mac users. Office applications like Word and Excel store multiple person data that many of us do not even aware. One such information is the company name that you can find in the document properties. In this article we will how to remove or change company name in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Other Office documents.
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Company Name in Office Applications
Whenever you install Microsoft Office package like Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access for the first time, you will be prompted to enter your company name. Most of us will provide a junk or invalid company name and complete the installation successfully. However, later we realize the importance of this field since this company name will appear as a document properties in each document created by Microsoft Office.
Where to See Company Name?
If you really wonder where the company name is stored in a document, here is an example. Save as any Word document with the option “Web Page (*.htm; *.html)” then open the document with your Notepad and you can see the company name is saved in the document as shown in the below picture.
If you are looking for how to change the company name provided during Office installation, here is the step by step instructions. Once you change the company name it will automatically reflect in all the Office packages like Excel and PowerPoint.
Step1 – Open Registry Editor
The first step is to open registry editor.
- Press “Win + R” shortcut keys to open the Run command box as shown in the picture below.
- Enter “regedit” in the input box and click on “OK” button.
Step2 – Navigating to Correct Registry Location
In the registry editor navigate to the location “My Computer > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > Current Version > Installer > Userdata > S-1-5-18 > Products > GUID > InstallProperties”.
Under “Products” you can see lot of sub-options, each option is called GUID (Global Unique IDentifier) having sub-option of “InstallProperties”. Each installed Microsoft software on a computer will have one GUID and the name of the installed version will be shown in the variable “DisplayName”. Ensure to select the correct GUID and verify the DisplayName is showing the same version of your Microsoft Office pack. Below is the screenshot to select the correct GUID for “Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2010” installation.
Step3 – Changing Registered Company Name
Once you identified the correct version showing in the DisplayName, then look for the another variable in the same page called “RegCompany”. It will be showing your existing company name. Double click on “RegCompany” to see a popup window where you can enter your new company name as shown in the below picture. Click on “OK” button and close the registry editor.
Step4 – Checking the Company Name
Open Word, Excel or PowerPoint and go to “File > Info > Properties > Show All Properties”. Here you can see the company name is changed to the new name as you entered in the registry editor. The change will reflect only in the new blank document template called “Normal.dot” or “Normal.dotm” which will open by default.
If you open any other new template document like Newsletters (available under “File > New”), the company name will be showing as per the template owner and not the name you entered in the registry editor. You can edit the company name directly in the “File > Info > Properties” for each template (except the blank document template) you want to change the company name. In this case ONLY the particular document property will be changed to the new company name and not the template, meaning you need to change the company name in each and every document.
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