"Track changes" disappears when I copy the text elsewhere
Thread poster: Jana Zajicova
Jana Zajicova  Identity Verified
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Sep 2, 2008

Hello,

I proofread two MS Word documents using the Track Changes function. Now I would like to "merge" them by copying one of them into the other file. I want the changes to remain visible. However, when I paste the text, it appears in the clean version, i.e. with all my suggestions incorporated. Does anyone know how to accomplish what I need?

Thanks.


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KSL Berlin  Identity Verified
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If it's just a matter of making a record of the changes Sep 2, 2008

You could print a PDF showing them.

Or turn off the tracking function (so no further changes are marked) and paste in the original text.


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Caryl Swift  Identity Verified
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That's driven me mad many a time... Sep 2, 2008

But always in the middle of a job, when there's no time to do any investigating!

Anyway, your question set me off hunting, and I've found this:

"Merge comments and changes from several reviewers into one document
Open the original document into which you want to merge changes.


On the Tools menu, click Merge Documents.
Show Me

Open one of the documents that has changes to be merged.


Repeat steps 2 and 3 until all copies of the document are merged.
Microsoft Word displays all the reviewers' tracked changes and comments, each reviewer represented by a different color. You can then review comments and accept or reject changes as usual.

Note If the document you sent out for review was not set up for change tracking, but you have the original document, you can still find where changes were made by comparing the edited copy with the original."

Now to see how it works,,,


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Kathryn Litherland  Identity Verified
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turn off tracked changes Sep 3, 2008

To copy a block of text with the tracked changes intact, you have to turn off tracked changes before you copy. It makes no sense, I know!

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Caryl Swift  Identity Verified
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To Kathryn Sep 3, 2008

You're absolutely right! I just tried it - and it works! How extraordinary!

Thank you so much!

Caryl


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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Shareware Sep 4, 2008

Good that you solved it, it had me stumped too!

There are also a few shareware utilities claiming to do the same thing:
http://www.pariahware.com/docmerge.php
http://www.monkeyjob.com/Merge-Word-Files.htm

I get the impression that Word 2007 has better support for merging, but maybe it still suffer from the inconsistencies you described:
http://www.mydigitallife.info/2007/12/05/combine-and-merge-multiple-documents-in-microsoft-office-word-2007/

/J


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Jana Zajicova  Identity Verified
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Thanks Sep 4, 2008

Kathryn Litherland wrote:

To copy a block of text with the tracked changes intact, you have to turn off tracked changes before you copy. It makes no sense, I know!

Thanks! A bit counterintuitive indeed.


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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Bless Proz . . . Jan 12, 2010

I too needed to copy text showing changes tracked and wasted a lot of time trying to figure it out. Count on the ProZ forums to have the answer. I am indeed amazed (and need to share my amazement) that, although as already stated it is counterintuitive and counter-logic, it does work (on a Mac, too). Thanks Kathryn.

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Carmen Villalba
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Thanks! Jun 20, 2011

Kathryn, thanks a million! Your answer solved my problem completely

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Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer  Identity Verified
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Thanks Kathryn! Dec 8, 2013

This just reminded me that we are all merely scratching the surface when it comes to all the strange and wonderful things that Word can do. People love to hate Word, but it's actually a pretty amazing program – if you take a minute to learn how to use it properly.

Michael


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