Remove your name from Microsoft Office toolbar

Remove your name from Microsoft Office toolbar - How to - Techronology

This short tutorial shows you how to remove your name from the Microsoft Office (or MS Office) toolbar.

For the purpose of this lesson, we are using MS Office 365, version 2211. However, these functions should function just the same in version 16.

How to remove your name from MS Office toolbar

Keep in mind, this lesson uses the Windows registry to perform operations in this instruction. Therefore, please use caution when working in the registry.

You may want to backup your registry before going through the steps in this lesson.

The steps

So, here are the steps to take your name off of the MS Office toolbar.

Run dialog box - Techronology
  1. Open the Run dialog box, by pressing the Windows key + R, at the same time.
  2. In the Open input field, type regedit.
  3. Click the OK button.

As a result, the registry editor opens.

Remove your name - Registry editor - Techronology
  1. Navigate to the following folder: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common\Identity\Identities\
    Under the Identities folder, there should be a folder containing a LiveId. Click on that folder. That will display all of the names and values for that ID.
  2. Double-click on FriendlyName, in the names list on the right-side of the dialog box. This will open the Edit String dialog box.
Edit String dialog box - Techronology
  1. In the Edit String dialog box, type in something like five spaces in the Value data field, for FriendlyName.
  2. Click OK.
Remove your name - Registry Editor with blank entry for FriendlyName - Techronology

After you press enter, notice that FriendlyName appears empty. However, there are spaces in there. If you just delete the value, then MS Office will display either your first name, or email address. For the most part, you probably do not want to show anything there.

Final step

If you had any MS Office apps open, then restart those apps. Once the apps open again, take a look at the toolbar.


PowerPoint program without name in toolbar - Techronology

Were you successful in performing this operation? If so, then great! As a result, your name should not appear on any MS Office app’s toolbar.

If you are having issues, then you may need to clear the values for FriendlyName, FirstName, LastName, and EmailAddress. There is no need to add spaces if you clear all them fields.


Thank you and enjoy!

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