How to Use Track-Changes Feature in Microsoft Word 2021

Track changes function in Microsoft Word 2021 for macOS is a very handy tool to track your revisions, corrections, changes, edits, and even suggestions and comments while you’re reviewing a document. When an editor or proofreader wants to return a revised document to a client with his/her all revisions visibly marked, and so clients can accept or reject, or the suggested changes appear in the margins of the returned document, he/she needs Track Changes function of Microsoft Word.

19.11.2020

How to Use Track-Changes Feature in Microsoft Word 2021

This handout provides some tips and strategies for the track-changes function of Microsoft Word 2021. To give you an opportunity to practice proofreading, we have left a few spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors in the text. See if you can spot them! If you spot the errors correctly, you will be entitled to a 10% discount.

What Is Track Changes Function in Microsoft Word?

Track changes function in Microsoft Word is a very handy tool to track your revisions, corrections, changes, edits, and even suggestions and comments while you’re reviewing a document. When an editor or proofreader wants to return a revised document to a client with his/her all revisions visibly marked, and so clients can accept or reject, or the suggested changes appear in the margins of the returned document, he/she needs Track Changes function of Microsoft Word. Thus, trak-changes function is one of the most important tools for English editing and proofreading services.

It’s easy to see and follow all the revisions and changes made in the paper during the editing and proofreading processes  and to accept or reject them. With a tracked changes paper, you will see some essential comments that the editor or reviewer has left on the right-hand side of the page.

Turning on Track Changes on your Microsoft Word document gives you an option to make changes that are easy to follow. The changes and revisions are like suggestions that one can review, and then remove by rejecting them or make them permanent by accepting them. You can either Accept or Reject the tracked changes step by step or by a click. In this blog created by our tech team, we will show you how to use Track Changes function of Microsoft Office 2021 (macOS version) to edit your Word documents, and how to accept or reject those changes, suggestions and remove comments made and left during the editing and proofreading phases. 

Here are the steps:

Open Your macOS Microsoft Word and Turn Track Changes On

First, open your Microsoft Word document and on the Review tab, turn Track Changes function on.

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Make sure that Track Changes is switched on, as in the screenshot below. Just click on the ON button to turn this feature on. With the Track Changes feature on, all of your changes and revisions will be recorded. 

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Anytime an editor or reviewer changes the paper, Microsoft Word will show you where the changes, corrections, or revisions are by displaying a line in the margin.

Microsoft Word track change

When the editor or reviewer adds a comment, Word will show them in a balloon on the right-hand side of your page.

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How to Show Changes Inline in Tracked Changes Function of Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word typically indicates revisions, changes, and corrections in balloons near the margin of the page. You need to select Markup, on the Review tab. If you want Track Changes to show all revisions in Balloons, go to Review tab, click Markup Options > Balloons > Show Revisions in Balloons.

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If you want to see all revisions in balloons, go to the Review tab, select Markup Options > Balloons > Show All Revisions Inline.

track changes in Microsoft Word 2020 macOS

If you want to see all comments and formatting in balloons, you need to stick to the following steps: On the Review tab, select Markup Options > Balloons > Show Only Comments and Formatting in Balloons.

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How to Turn off Track Changes On Microsoft Word 2021 (macOS)?

Open your Microsoft Word document (macOS), go to the Review tab, and turn off Track Changes function.

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Microsoft Word will stop marking up new revisions and changes; however, all of the changes that are already tracked will still be there.

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How to Accept or Reject Tracked Changes in Microsoft Word 2021

When you receive the edited version of your manuscript with Track Changes turned on, you have the full authority to accept or reject each change made during the editing and proofreading processes. To accept or reject the proposed change, click the Accept/Reject icon. When you click Accept, your text will be replaced with the proposed revision and the cursor will advance to the next correction. When you click Reject, your text will be the same and reject the proposed revision. Follow the steps below to accept or reject tracked changes:

  1. Open your Microsoft Word macOS and go to the Review tab

  2. Click the bottom half of the Accept or Reject.

  3. In the drop-down menu, you can Accept/Reject and Move to Next.

  4. To accept all changes and revisions at the same time, select Accept and then click Accept All Changes.

  5. To reject all changes at the same time, select Reject and then click Reject All Changes.

  6. If you want to accept and reject all changes and stop tracking, select Accept/Reject All Changes and Stop Trackingin the drop-down menu.

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Besides, you can use the Previous and Next buttons under the Review tab to move from one change to another. You can also use the accept or reject format changes appear in the margins of the returned document.

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Alternatively, you can use the accept or reject format changes in line. See the figure below.

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How to Remove Comments in Microsoft Word

When you have your tracked changes document, you will see some comments that the editor or reviewer has left on the right-hand side of the page during the English editing and proofreading phases. You have two options to delete the comments. The first option is to delete comments one at a time while the second one is to remove all comments. Following steps will enable to delete comments one at a time:

  1. Select a comment

  2. Go to Review tab and select Delete.

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To delete all comments, follow the steps below:

  1. Select a comment

  2. Go to Review tab and click the Delete to see the drop-down menu.

  3. Select Delete All Comments in Document.

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How to Prevent Other Users from Turning Off Track Changes Function?

If you want to prevent other users from turning off Track Changes, you need to use Protect Documents feature of Microsoft Word 2021 to lock Track Changes on with a password. Make sure to remember your password so you can turn Track Changes off when you are ready to accept or reject the revisions. Follow the steps below to lock the tracked changes:

Step 1: Select Protect Document, under the Tools menu

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Step 2: On the Password Protection menu, check Protect document for under Protection and select Tracked Changes

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Step 3: Next to Password (optional), type a password and click OK.

Step 4: Re-enter your password and click OK. (Make sure to remember the password, because a lost password cannot be recovered).

How to Unlock Track Changes in macOS

When you lock tracked changes, you cannot turn off change tracking, and you cannot accept or reject changes or corrections. To unlock tracked changes and bypass Protect Document feature, follow the steps below:

  1. Select Protect Document on the Tools menu,

  2. Under Protection, uncheck Protect document for, and enter your password, then select OK.

After that, Track Changes function will be back on and you will be able to accept and reject changes and corrections.

How to Print Tracked Changes in Microsoft Word 2021

Tracked changes is a handy tool to include a printed version of a paper in. To print a document with tracked changes, follow the steps below:

  1. Open your document that includes the tracked changes that you want to print,

  2. On the File menu, select Print.

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  1. On the Copies & Pages pop-up menu, select Microsoft Word.

track changes in Microsoft Word 2020 macOS

  1. On the Print What pop-up menu, select Document showing markup, then Print.

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If you want to see the preview of the printed version of tracked changes document, select the Open in Preview in the drop-down menu located at the bottom of the Print menu.

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If you want to save the document as PDF or Save as PostScript, select the relevant menu as shown above. If you wish to send your paper with tracked changes to someone select Send in Mail or Send via Messages. You can also use the same drop-down menu to save your document to iCloud Drive or Web Receipts. If you want to see the preview of the printed version of tracked changes document, select the Open in Preview in the drop-down menu located at the bottom of the Print menu.

How to Convert a Word Document with Track-Changes to a PDF

When converting your document to a PDF, you will see that the notes and revisions do not appear in the resulting PDF.

If your “Track Changes” notes and revisions are required in a PDF, try the following steps:

  1. Open your document in Microsoft Word

  2. Click on File tab and click Print

  3. From the PDF drop-down menu click Save As

  4. Then click Save.

We hope this useful tool will help you with your editing and proofreading process!

The edited version of your document will be returned with all edits visibly marked via Track Changes Function of Microsoft Word

At Best Edit & Proof, when your project is completed and delivered, you will find the edited version of your manuscript on your dashboard. You should visit besteditproof.com and download the revised version of the paper from your dashboard.

When the editing and proofreading processes are completed, your document will be returned with all edits visibly marked. All of our edits, including corrections, suggestions, and comments via Track-Changes function, appear in the margins of your returned document. It’s easy to see and follow all the suggestions and changes and to accept or reject them.

You will also see some essential comments that our editors or proofreaders have left on the right-hand side of the page. If you have any difficulty navigating the Track-Changes function of Microsoft Word, do let us know so we can give you a hand.

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