Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Setting User Information.

Setting User Information

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 6, 2015)

When you first install Word, it asks you for your name so it can personalize the registration for your program. It also writes your name into the user area. This area includes your name and initials, and can include your address. This information is used by various Word fields, in the document summary information, in annotations, and in the Envelopes and Labels feature. If you need to change the user information (for instance, if your name or address changes), follow these steps:

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu. You will see the Options dialog box.
  2. Make sure the User Information tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The User Information tab of the Options dialog box.

  4. Change the information in the Name, Initials, and Mailing Address boxes as desired.
  5. Click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1060) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Setting User Information.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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