How do I disable track changes?
Thread poster: Trudy Peters

Trudy Peters  Identity Verified
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Apr 22, 2007

I use Office XP. Clicking on "track changes" only makes the TRK symbol go away or appear, but all the changes are still visible in the document.

The answer may be obvious to everyone but me



[Edited at 2007-04-22 19:41]

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Mihaela BUFNILA  Identity Verified
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The function or the changes? Apr 22, 2007

To disable the function: Tools>Track changes
To make the changes unvisible: accept changes (all or one by one)

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Claudia Krysztofiak  Identity Verified
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The changes remain visible Apr 22, 2007

The changes that are already in the document remain, but if you switch the track changes off, you add no new changes.

To remove the visible changes you can right-click them to accept or reject them.

A good help for managing track changes is the Revision toolbar that offers options like accept all changes and reject all changes, show original, etc.

You activate it by right-clicking on any toolbar and then selecting Revision.

Microsoft support on this topic:;en-us;326528&x=13&y=12

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Select first Apr 22, 2007

Try selecting the whole document and then disabling track changes.

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Siegfried Armbruster  Identity Verified
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Menu "View", dectivate "Markup" Apr 22, 2007

Hi Trudy,
you already know how to disable the "Track Changes" feature. What you have to do additionally to "hide" the changes is:

open the "View" menu, unselect the entry "Markup" and the changes will not be displayed.

They are still there, just invisible.

Hope this helps

[Edited at 2007-04-22 21:19]

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If you hide them, don't forget . . . Apr 23, 2007

That (a) they are still there, and (b) you should turn track changes on, but leave them hidden, you build up a huge number of changes.

Tracking changes is a lot of work on Word. Use it sparingly, and accept or reject changes as often as a project allows.

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Agree with this Apr 23, 2007

tlmurray wrote:
Tracking changes is a lot of work on Word. Use it sparingly, and accept or reject changes as often as a project allows.

This is generally true, for four reasons
- translators can only work on final texts, not on hesitations
- a document with lots of changes becomes a difficult document; the risk of errors is too big
- printing houses don't like the track changes system (too much work)
- there are better ways to indicate that there are changes in the document: highlighting, changing the colour of the modified text, adding footnotes.

But: last week, a client asked me to do the whole translation in track changes mode. It was a document with lots of codes and names, and I suppose that it was a way to check that I didn't modify the essential parts and translated only those which had to be translated. Maybe it is a new method of translation?

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