Your account privacy settings are being applied [Excel Help]

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Fix account privacy settings are being applied in Excel

Microsoft has promised to give users more control over the data that is processed when they are using Microsoft Office.

Therefore, they already adjusted the privacy settings around Microsoft Office apps several times and made them more transparent.

But still, many users have complained that when are trying to open a Microsoft Excel document, a yellow bar occurs stating the following error message:

Privacy settings applied. Your account privacy settings are being applied to this device.

Down below, you will find quick solutions to solve this annoying Microsoft Excel problem.

How can I fix Your account privacy settings are being applied?

1. Turn off some Privacy Options

How to fix Your account privacy settings are being applied

  1. Open the Microsoft Excel app, and click on the File tab.
  2. Select Options, and click on Trust Center.
  3. Go to Trust Center Settings, and scroll to the bottom to Privacy Options.
  4. Uncheck the Get designs, information, recommendations, and services by allowing Office to access and make product improvements based on Office content on my device box.
  5. Click OK and exit the Microsoft Excel document.
  6. Restart the app.

Microsoft analyses user behavior within the Office applications and displays tips, advertisements or product recommendations based on this user behavior.

If you don’t want to receive any other error messages because of this option, then you can always turn it off.


2. Repair Microsoft Excel

Hot to Repair Excel your account privacy settings are being applied to this device excel

  1. Open Control Panel, and click Uninstall Program.
  2. Select Microsoft Office Suite and double-click it.
  3. Choose Change from the pop-up menu, and click Repair.

Can’t open Control Panel on your Windows 10 PC? Follow the steps in this guide to fix the issue quickly


3. Update Microsoft Excel

How to update Excel your account privacy settings are being applied to this device excel

  1. Open Microsoft Excel, and click on the File tab.
  2. Go to Product Information, and select Update Options.
  3. Click the Update Now button.

Microsoft Office is normally updated automatically. However, if this doesn’t work, you can also update it manually. Otherwise, errors may occur when you are opening Excel documents, for instance.


You can always use the built-in Repair tool, by opening Control Panel to repair Microsoft Excel if any other error messages are encountered.

Microsoft Excel is probably the most widely used spreadsheet application on Windows computers and is part of Microsoft Office.

Excel‘s extensive calculations with formulas and functions, including commercial, statistical and date functions make the program irreplaceable in today’s office.

If you have any more questions or suggestions, be sure to let us know by using the comments section below.


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