With the document file open in OpenOffice , 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." When OpenOffice is in Record Changes mode, 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 Record Changes mode. When this mode is on, OpenOffice keeps track of every revision that you make to a document. To turn on or off, go to the "Edit" menu, select "Changes" and then select "Record":
When Record Changes mode is on, a checkbox appears next to the word "Record":
Now that Record 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 and underlined, while the stuff you deleted is struck out. All of this markup gets saved with the file, and it's what the writer will see when they open the document. Experiment by making other changes to the document, including changes to the formatting.
If you want to see the document in its final form without the marked-up changes, go to the "Edit" menu, select "Changes" and then un-check the option "Show." (Note that your revisions may still be tracked if Record Changes mode is on.)