"Allow Fast Saves" feature in Office 2004

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
Recently I read about a feature in versions of Office up until 2003/2004 called "Fast Saves." Apparently, Microsoft put the feature in Office to save documents faster by only adding the changes to the document, rather than overwriting the older text that was deleted. One thing that disturbs me about this feature is the fact that metadata revealing deleted text could easily be retrieved by someone who receives the document.



While I don't have MS Office, I have used it to write documents on a friend's Mac (he has since upgraded to Office 2008, which doesn't have FS, and doesn't know anything about the feature) when my computer did not work.



I have two questions regarding this:



1. Is Fast Saves enabled by default? If not, was it disabled by default since it shipped in '04, or did Microsoft disable it with a patch or Service Pack, like they did in disabling FS on Office 2003 last fall?



2. Is the following metadata an example of FS being on? In this document and several others, I noticed that portions of the actual text are repeated in sentence and word fragments, with some of their words and letters missing (and with random symbols inserted, in some cases). Now, while I thought this might be an example of deleted data, I noticed that same pattern with documents in which I just pasted text from a website without modifying any of it.



Could it be a secondary aspect of FS, though?



----------------------------------------------------------

Normal

Normal

Default Paragraph Font

Default Paragraph Font

Table Normal

Table Normal

No List

No List

Hyperlink

Hyperlink

Unknownÿ!

Times New Roman

Times New Roman

Symbol

Symbol

MY NAME (REDACTED)

TITLE (REDACTED)

FRIEND'S NAME STATED TWICE (REDACTED)

FRIEND'S NAME STATED TWICE (REDACTED)

TITLE (REDACTED)

FRIEND'S COMPUTER NAME (REDACTED)

Normal

FRIEND'S COMPUTER NAME (REDACTED)

Microsoft Word 11.3.8

PICT~D

Times New Roman

w

cause,

appeara

ecause

readers.

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readers


MORE NAME INFO FOR FRIEND (REDACTED)

TITLE (REDACTED)

_PID_HLINKS

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 1
    Howdy. It may be checked by default. But it is the first thing I disable in MS Office. It causes all kinds of problems.
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