Inserting Images in the Age of Privacy
Recently someone inquired if our products had an easy to use feature that would:
remove personal information from images inserted into Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
The answer is No, we don't provide that feature. However:
it is easy to do and the information, called metadata or EXIF data, needs to be removed before the image is inserted into the Microsoft Office document.
On a Windows based computer, perform the following procedure from Windows File Explorer.
Navigate to the image.
Right-click the image and choose the Properties choice.
Click the Details tab.
Click Remove Properties and Personal Information link and the Remove Properties dialog will appear.
Now you have two options:
You can click "Create a copy with all possible properties removed" for a copy of the photo with EXIF data stripped.
Alternatively, you can edit metadata by clicking Remove the following properties from this file."
Click OK to exit the dialog box you are using when you are done.
If you need to perform this on many images, you may want to consider a third-party solution. If you do a web search on IrfanView, you'll find a free application that will do the job if you save the image as JPEG from the IrfanView application. Said another way, the application will open all available image formats, but it will only strip out the personal metadata if you re-save the original image into a JPEG format using the IrfanView application.
The application has a bunch of features for editing images, so the interface options from its menu bar can be a bit overwhelming, particularly if you really just want to remove personal data from your images.
BTW - I have no affiliation with the application.
If you are using a Mac
To the best of my knowledge, there is not a built-in function in the Operating System that will do this … you have to get a third-party application. I understand that there are some for sale in Apple's App Store, but I recommend that you give ImageOptim a look before laying out the cash.
As with IrfanView for Windows, I have no affiliation with ImageOptim for the Mac. But it does the job and it's free.
ImageOptim's interface is a drag and drop, so getting multiple images stripped is easy. It works fast on JPEG format file, but PNG is a bit slow. There aren't any selective options for what EXIF data to remove, it's an all or none deal, but hey… What do you want for free?