Specifying How Changes are Marked

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 9, 2017)

Linda prefers to mark changes in her documents (when she turns on Track Changes) with only a vertical bar at the side of the text. This is not the default method for marking changes, so Linda is wondering how she can make the configuration changes necessary so the markup appears as she wants.

This can be easily done by using the Change Tracking Options dialog box. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Display the Review tab of the ribbon.
  2. In the Tracking group, click the down-arrow under the Track Changes tool. Word displays a list of options.
  3. Choose Change Tracking Options. Word displays the Track Changes Options dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Track Changes Options dialog box.

  5. Near the top of the dialog box, use the Insertions drop-down list to choose (none).
  6. Use the Deletions drop-down list to choose either (none) or Hidden.
  7. Use the Changed Lines drop-down list to choose any of the options except (none). (Outside Border is a good choice.)
  8. Click OK.

That's it. Your change marking should be just like you preferred it in older versions of Word.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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