With most modern consumer software, collecting things like Geo location, Meta data, tags etc.. is quite common. While normally tags and other meta data stored in files and documents is great for Search, when it comes time to share your files, some meta data could pose a privacy or security risk.
Fortunately Windows 7 includes a built-in feature to purge certain metadata from files. Previously this feature only existed in Microsoft Office so it’s nice to see Microsoft included it in the core OS as well! Let’s take a look at how it works!
How To Clear Personal Meta data From Computer Files and Documents W/Windows 7
1. Select one or multiple files, then Right-Click a file. From the context menu that appears Click Properties.
2. From the properties window, Click the Details tab. Here you’ll see a list of all of the data stored in the file, sometimes it will be extensive and other times it might not be. Click Remove Properties and Personal Information.
Note: Information will not be displayed accurately here if you are viewing properties for multiple files
3. Select the Create a copy with all possible properties removed option, then Click OK.
Now you will have a brand new file(s) with “ – copy “ added to the end of the name. If you inspect the details page, you’ll see that all of the personally identifiable data has been removed! Keep in mind this only clears the meta data, if you have potentially sensitive information or images within the file you’ll need to remove those as well.
Ahhh… all clean!