December 2014 Updates For Microsoft Office 2013 And 2010 Brings New Document Inspector Features

Office Document Inspector

With the November and December 2014 updates for Microsoft Office 2013 and 2010, Microsoft has added new feature to the Document Inspector, which is widely known as “Check for Issues” tool in Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

The Document Inspector helps you to prepare your documents, presentations, or workbooks for publishing and sharing by checking for items that may contain hidden or private information. In some cases, it will remove such items from your document, in other cases it alerts you even if it can’t automatically remove the items.

The updates for Office 2013 and Office 2010 are adding several inspection modules, called inspectors, to Excel, PowerPoint and Word. The list below shows the new inspectors and which Office application they have been added to. Excel has several more new inspectors than PowerPoint and Word —simply because the features being inspected are only found in Excel. 

PowerPoint and Word:

  1. Embedded Documents
  2. Macros, forms or ActiveX Controls


  1. Embedded Documents
  2. Macros, forms or ActiveX Controls
  3. Links to other files
  4. PivotTables, PivotCharts, Cube Formulas, Slicers and Timelines*
    *Timelines are detected only in Excel 2013, because timelines are not supported in Excel 2010.
  5. Real Time Data Functions
  6. Excel Surveys*
    *Excel Surveys are only detected in Excel 2013, because Surveys are not supported in Excel 2010.
  7. Defined Scenarios
  8. Active Filters
  9. Custom Worksheet Properties
  10. Hidden Names

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