How to Enable Track Changes in Microsoft Word

The ability to collaborate on a document in Microsoft Word makes it much easier for a group of people to all work in one document. One problem that can arise in this scenario, however, is keeping track of the edits and updates that have been made to the document.

A way to resolve this dilemma lies in a feature on the Review tab called Track Changes. By enabling this option you can tell Word that any change made to the document should be marked with the name of the editor so that the rest of the people working on the document can see the edit and decide on its approval.

How to Track Changes in Word

The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word for Office 365, but will work in most other versions of Word as well. If you find that comments and changes are printing, then you can stop them from printing by going to File > Print, then clicking the Print All Pages button and deselecting the Print Markup option.

Step 1: Open your document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2: Select the Review tab at the top of the window.

click the review tab

Step 3: Click the Track Changes button in the Tracking section of the ribbon.

click the track changes button

Step 4: Choose the Track Changes option.

select the track changes option

Changes will then be indicated by a vertical red line in the margin which, when clicked, will show the change that was made.

how to track changes in microsoft word

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