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Track Changes Trick I Didn’t Know

I consider myself a power user of Word and for the most part I’m rarely surprised.

Not today, however. I was talking with a women I know who is both a great agent and a wonderful editor. She had sent a piece of a manuscript and while we were on the phone I said I was going to accept all the changes so I could read her editing easily.

“You don’t have to do it that way,” she said.

“I don’t?”

“No, go to View. On that drop down menu is the word, markup. Just click that and the track changes will be hidden and the manuscript will be displayed as though you had accepted the changes. If you want to see how the changes were made, click markup again, and they’ll be back.”

I love it! And I’d never heard of that before.

What favorite Word tricks do you know?

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  • admin

    lol, Isaac… you’re a teacher, of course you like reading ’round red marks 😉
    Lori, didn’t know those vertical lines were optional… they’ve always shown up and sometimes I’ve had trouble getting rid of them 🙂

  • Wow! I didn’t know that, either! Could’ve used it yesterday!

    Here’s my favorite – you know when you make those tiny changes – the commas and things that your eyes can’t see during edits? You can set Track Changes to apply a vertical line in the margin next to the sentence where the change is. Makes it SO much easier to find it! Just go to Track Changes, Show, Options, and then in the Changed Lines box, choose Right Border. I LOVE this feature. It’s one we used in good old pen at the magazine.

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    • That’s a great tip, Lori! I’ve worked with track changes for over 8 years now, and I didn’t know that! Thank you. 🙂

      • Amazing what we learn along the way isn’t it.

  • Awesome! Thx for sharing that.

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  • Isaac

    I just read it with the changes on there. I like red. 😉

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  • I didn’t know that either, and I have edited two books using Track Changes. However, yesterday while editing I noticed that the writer had accidentally created a table in which all her text was displayed. I started to delete the table, which of course deleted the text. I had to Google it, and found that you can go to Table and click Convert to change either a table to just text, or create a table around text. Good to know, because that probably would have taken me hours to figure it out myself, lol.

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