How to turn off Track Changes in Microsoft® Word
What is Track Changes in Microsoft Word? What is the way to turn off the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word?
Microsoft Word is a word processing tool from Microsoft and comes with Windows operating system. Microsoft Word usually includes as a part of Microsoft Office Suite. Microsoft Word 2003, Microsoft Word 2007 and Microsoft Word 2010 are some of the versions of Microsoft Word package. Microsoft Word offers several features to make the processing of documents much simpler. Track Changes is one such feature offered by Microsoft Word which keeps tracks of the changes made to the document. Track Changes is also known as redline or redlining. This feature offers several advantages to the user. When we share the documents with other users, we can track changes to view what all changes they have made. We can easily turn on and off this feature in Microsoft Word.
Method to turn off the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word:
- Turn off Track Changes
- Document protection
- Expert insight
Turn off Track Changes
After turning off the Track Changes, we can revise the documents without marking what has changed. To turn off the Track Changes, open Microsoft Word either from the shortcut key on the desktop or from the ‘Program List’ present in the ‘Start’ menu. Then select the ‘Review’ tab and click on ‘Track Changes’ image in the Tracking group. Right click on the status bar and click on the ‘Track Changes’ to add the track changes indicator to the status bar. To turn off the track changes click on the ‘Track Changes’ indicator on the status bar.
We have to notice lots of things while turning off the track changes in Microsoft Word. If you are dealing with a protected document then you cannot turn off Track Changes. You can turn off Track Changes by making it unprotected. Select the ‘Tools’ menu and click on ‘Unprotected Document’ and provide the password if necessary. If you are using higher version of Microsoft Word then click on the ‘Review’ tab in the ‘Protected Group and click on ‘Restricted Editing’. And then click on ‘Stop Protection’ and enter the password if necessary.
In some versions of Microsoft Word, you might turn off the track changes but the option will come again when you open the document again. This issue happens only in some of the versions of Microsoft Word and can be resolved by making appropriate changes in the settings. To resolve this issue open Microsoft Word and click on the ‘File’ menu. Then select the ‘Properties’ and in the properties box select all items and click on ‘Delete’. Close the program, reopen it and turn off Track Changes.
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