How to Turn Off or Turn On Track Changes in Microsoft Word

Turning on the Track Changes function of your Word document gives you an option to make changes that are easy to follow. The revisions are like suggestions that one can review and then remove by rejecting them or make them permanent by accepting them. This handout shows you how to turn on or turn off Track Changes function.

20.12.2020

How to Turn Off or Turn On Track Changes in Microsoft Word

This handout explains how to turn on or turn off Track Changes function in Microsoft Word. 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 Microsoft Word Track Changes Function?

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 returns a revised document to a client with his/her all revisions visibly marked, they need the Track Changes function of Microsoft Word.

It’s easy to see and follow all the revisions and changes in the paper 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 the Track Changes function of 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 revisions step by step or by a click. In this short handout created by our tech team, we will show you how to Turn On or Turn Off Track Changes function in Microsoft Word 2020 (macOS).

Here are the steps:

Open Your Microsoft Word 2020 and Turn Track Changes On

First, open your Microsoft Word document and go to the Review tab. Then turn Track Changes function ON.

How to Turn Off or Turn On Track Changes in Microsoft Word

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. 

How to Turn Off or Turn On Track Changes in Microsoft Word

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

How to Turn Off or Turn On Track Changes in Microsoft Word

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

How to Turn Off or Turn On Track Changes in Microsoft Word

How to Turn Off Track Changes in Microsoft Word 2020 (macOS)?

To deactivate the Track Changes function of your Microsoft Word, go to the Review tab and TURN OFF the Track Changes function.

How to Turn Off or Turn On Track Changes in Microsoft Word

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

How to Turn Off or Turn On Track Changes in Microsoft Word

The edited version of your document will be returned with all edits visibly marked via the Track Changes Function of Microsoft Word 2020

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. 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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How to Turn Off or Turn On Track Changes in Microsoft Word

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