Removing Metadata from Word Documents

Looking to remove metadata from your word documents? Have an assignment that requires that? There are a number of resources available to you through the Harnish Law Library’s Research Guides. If you are working on an appellate brief there’s a page for that.

See instructions here to remove your personal data from a Microsoft Word document.

This guide can be found at the Harnish Law Library‘s Research Guides. Select the section on “Legal Writing” and you’ll end up in the same place.

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Do Not Upgrade to Windows 11

Are you taking your final exams on a Windows machine? In case you haven’t heard, Examplify does not work with Windows 11 (or Windows 10 release 22H2).  So make sure you DO NOT run Windows updates. To add another level of security, you should make sure your computer does not decide to run the update for you by turning off auto-update. Also, don’t forget to take a mock exam. Successfully submitting a mock exam is like getting a hug from your BFF before an exam. You will feel ensured that your computer will work when your mock exam works. 

Say “no” to Windows 11

If you are faced with after-hours or weekend Examplify woes call ExamSoft support at (866) 429-8889. They’re available 24/7. 

For in-person support at CSOL during business hours, contact our CSOL-IS team at x-7425 or come to the library Public Service Desk. You can also email us at

say “OK” to macOS13

Please do not install or upgrade to Mac OS13 otherwise known as “Ventura” which is scheduled for full release on 10/24/2022.

There is no rush to install this updated operating system but please note that …

This operating system is now compatible with ExamSoft Examplify.

ExamSoft has announced that Examplify will support this new operating system. Go directly to the compatibility page at ExamSoft for more details on or after October 24, 2022.

Apple’s macOS 13 also known as “Ventura”

From ExamSoft on 10/21/2022

We are pleased to announce that Apple’s newest operating system, macOS 13 (Ventura), is now certified for compatibility with Examplify for macOS version 2.9.2 and higher.

Important Notes:

  • Any version older than Examplify 2.9.2 is not supported to run on macOS 13. If exam-takers are using an older version of Examplify, please update your Examplify software.
  • With the addition of support for macOS Ventura, we will remove support for macOS Catalina from our Minimum System Requirements

Next Steps:

  • Apple announced that macOS Ventura will be available on October 24, 2022. We will update our Minimum System Requirements on this date to include support for this newest operating system. 

“You cannot view this recording”

Using your Pepperdine email to create a personal Zoom account on will cause issues with watching class recordings.

You may have used your Pepperdine email for a personal account without knowing, or by mistake. If so, there is a simple fix: We need to let Zoom transfer your account.

To do this, clear your browser’s cache. Then, log into using the Sign in button.

This should fix it, but If you continue to have problems someone from our team can help you at the library service desk between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

How to Find your Exam ID number in WaveNet

During your time at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, it is vital to your grade that you know where to find your Exam ID number. To find it, just follow the three steps below:

First, go into WaveNet and log in using your username and password. Then, select “Academics” on the left navigation bar.

Available to law students only is the “Exam Number/Class Rank” link in the center of the screen. Click the Exam Number/Class Rank link.

Once you select it, it will open a smaller window displaying all relevant information. Simply find your semester and which type of Exam you are taking! Instead of the red XXXX you will see your 4-digit exam number. Please note that the 4-digits change every midterm and final exam.

Best wishes on your exams!

Don’t Update your laptop OS!

Don't update

Examplify is not yet compatible with the latest Windows OS updates, users who update to Windows 10 22H2 or Windows 11 will experience technical issues that will prevent them from successfully completing exams.

We strongly recommend against updating your laptop’s operating system at this point in time. Such a change will likely cause unforeseen issues with compatibility and reliability at a time when you don’t need those kinds of variables.

While it may seem counterintuitive, approaching midterms and final exams with a brand new operating system will NOT be a benefit to you.

These operating systems will not work with our current version of Examplify 2.9.2

Windows 10 release 22H2
Windows 11

To download, register, and/or update examplify, click here

Read this article to learn how you can disable automatic system updates.

Always take a mock exam before your exam day!

If you have Microsoft Windows 10 version 22H2 or Windows 11 you will need to install the limited release version of Examplify 2.9.6 that has been certified to work with both Windows 10 version 22H2 and Windows 11. You can download Examplify 2.9.6 here:

Contact for assistance

NOTE that if you install Examplify 2.9.6 you MUST unregister and re-register then take a mock exam.

Phishing isn’t just email … SMISHING!?

Smishing is a type of social engineering that targets mobile devices (image from

Please be vigilant in how and where you share your personal information. There are nefarious actors at work on the web and they will do their best to try and trick you into getting access to your money and more personal information.

The current wave of smishing is concerning. There are systems out there that focus on finding a name associated with an organization and a mobile phone so that they can text you to try to fool you into revealing more information that will compromise your secure services (banking, amazon, netflix, insurance, etc.).

If they can find the name of a co-worker or some other person associated with you they will use that name to make their attack seem like a request from a friend or colleague … or even a boss.

Like anything else that seems a bit “off” just delete and move on. Don’t give it second thought … definitely don’t click or respond to anything that gives you pause.

Below is some helpful information pulled from a web page hosted by Norton, a leading cyber security services firm:

Smishing attack warning signs

Use these smishing attack warning signs to know whether a smishing text made its way onto your mobile device.

Suspicious phone numbers

Smishing texts may come from phone numbers that don’t look normal at first glance. They may stray from the typical 10-digit layout or a series of the same number. If you see this type of number accompanied by a suspicious-looking message, don’t respond and delete the text immediately.

Smishing protection tip: Never respond to suspicious text messages.

Links and files from unknown numbers

Smishing texts are almost always paired with links to fake websites capable of recording your sensitive information. That’s why if you come across one, never click it. And in the event you do click one, look out for signs of an unsafe site, such as no “http” in the URL or small differences that you’re not used to seeing. 

Smishing protection tip: Avoid clicking on suspicious links and files.

Urgent requests

Most phishing emails and text messages feature urgent requests to frighten the receiver. But any legitimate company will give their customers ample notice about pressing issues. Delete these messages, and if you’re still concerned after the fact, contact the company directly. 

Smishing protection tip: Never cooperate with urgent requests sent via text.

Money requests

Like urgent requests, you should delete text messages asking you to wire or transfer money over the internet. The likelihood that these are hackers disguised to try and steal your funds is extremely high. 

Smishing protection tip: Never comply with urgent requests for money via text.

Prize notifications

The thought of winning a prize is exciting to anyone, but the chances of winning a sweepstakes you haven’t entered is incredibly low. If you receive messages about prizes you won from an unfamiliar contest, avoid clicking on any links attached and delete the text.

Smishing protection tip: Avoid clicking on suspicious links and files.

(taken from on 8/12/2022)

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