With the document file open in Microsoft Word, you should see something like the following:
Notice that in the first sentence, the word "computer" is misspelled. Let's also assume that, in your professional opinion, there should be a comma after the first phrase "During the past decade or so." With Track Changes, you can mark and correct these problems in much the same way as if you were editing with pen and paper.
We'll begin by turning on the Track Changes mode. When Track Changes is on, Word keeps a record of every change that you make to a document. To turn on track changes:
Now that Track Changes is on, you can fix the problems in the first sentence. After you've made your changes, you should see something like the following:
Notice that the stuff you added is in color, while the stuff you deleted is noted in the margins. This information gets saved with the file, and is what the writer will see when they open the document. Experiment by making other changes to the document, including changes to the formatting.
Depending on the which view Word is in, you can see what the document will look like with all the changes in effect (the Final version) or what the document originally looked like (the Original version). To change between the views, use the pulldown menu on the reviewing toolbar:
Most often you will want the view set to "Final Showing Markup."Next >>