Turn Track Changes on or off

You can customize the status bar to add an indicator that tells you when change tracking is on or off. When the Track Changes feature is on, you can view all of the changes that you make in a document. When you turn off the Track Changes feature, you can make changes to a document without marking what has changed.

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Turn on change tracking

  • On the Review tab, in the Tracking group, click the Track Changes image.

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To add a track changes indicator to the status bar, right-click the status bar and click Track Changes. Click the Track Changes indicator on the status bar to turn Track Changes on or off.

Track changes indicator

 Note   If the Track Changes command is unavailable, you might have to turn off document protection. On the Review tab, in the Protect group, click Protect Document, and then click Stop Protection at the bottom of the Protect Document task pane. (You might need to know the document password.)

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Turn off change tracking

When you turn off change tracking, you can revise the document without marking what has changed. Turning off the Track Changes feature does not remove any changes that have already been tracked.

 Important   To remove tracked changes, use the Accept and Reject commands on the Review tab in the Changes group.

  • On the Review tab, in the Tracking group, click the Track Changes image.

Word Ribbon Image

To add a track changes indicator to the status bar, right-click the status bar and click Track Changes. Click the Track Changes indicator on the status bar to turn track changes on or off.

Track changes indicator

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Applies to:
Word 2007