Tip of the week # 586
15 October 2019

Quickly spot whether change tracking is on or off (Microsoft Word) *

Over the years I've written various tips about Word's Tracking features, helping you to gather comments and changes about an initial draft of your document. You probably activate it by clicking on the Track Changes button in the Tracking section on the Review tab. Well, I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to spot whether it's on or off and typically only find out by typing in the document. So why not stick an indicator on your Status Bar in Word.

Here's how:

  1. Right-click anywhere in the Status bar at the bottom of the Word document.
  2. Select Track Changes.

You now have a button on the status bar that says Track Changes: Off. Simply click on it to activate it. No more second-guessing whether it's on or off.

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  1. Warn before printing, saving or sending a file that contains tracked changes or comments : tip_584.php
  2. Show changes and comments inline instead of in balloons : tip_514.php
  3. Make reviewer names anonymous : tip_449.php
  4. Inspect your document for tracked changes : tip_385.php
  5. Remove - not just hide - tracked changes : tip_381.php
  6. Comparing two copies of a document : tip_112.html


* Unless stated otherwise, these tips were written for Microsoft Office 2010.