Account Privacy Settings

To access the Office privacy settings open any Office application, such as Word or PowerPoint, select Account and under Account Privacy select the Manage Settings button. This will open the Account Privacy settings dialog box where you can select your privacy options.

If you already have an Office application open, go to the File tab first, then proceed to Account (or Office Account in Outlook), and select the Manage Settings button.

Notes: 

  • This applies to Office version 1904 or newer.

  • If you're using Office with a work or school account your administrator may have configured what settings you can change. 

On Windows these settings apply to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Project, and Visio.

More details

Look for Account towards the bottom left corner of the window. 

The file tab in Office with an arrow pointing to the Account option

Click the Manage Settings button under Account Privacy.

The Account panel showing the Account Prviacy, Manage Settings button

To access the Office privacy settings open any Office application, select the app menu (such as Word, or Excel) > Preferences > Privacy. This will open the Account Privacy settings dialog box where you can select your privacy options.

The Privacy icon under application preferences.

On Mac these settings apply to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote.

Your settings go with you

When you adjust your privacy settings, turning things on or off, those settings will roam to all of the other devices which support those settings. So if you decide to turn off experiences that analyze your content, for example, on your Windows desktop computer; the next time you sign into an Office 365 desktop app on your laptop that setting will be applied there as well. If you turn it back on on the laptop, the next time you sign into an Office 365 app on the desktop, it will be turned back on there as well. Your settings travel with you.

Note that on Mac only the settings for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook will roam.

Important: The settings are associated to your account so they only roam if you sign into the other devices with the same personal, work, or school account.

The exception to this is if you turn off the setting that disables all non-essential connected experiences. The service that roams your privacy settings also happens to be turned off by that switch, so while you have that setting turned off no settings will roam to, or from, that particular machine. If you have other devices where that switch is not turned off, they will continue to roam your settings among themselves.

Accordingly if you want to turn off all non-essential connected experiences on all of your eligible devices, you'll need to turn it off on each of them. 

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