Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Showing Only Added Text with Track Changes.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 11, 2020)
When working with Track Changes while editing a document, you may want to configure Word so that you see only the text you are adding and that any text you delete is simply hidden. You can accomplish this by following these steps if you are using Word 2019 or Word in Office 365:
Figure 1. The Advanced Track Changes Options dialog box.
If you are using Word 2013 or Word 2016 then the steps are a bit different:
Follow these steps if you are using Word 2007 or Word 2010:
Figure 2. The Track Changes Options dialog box.
That's it; Word will now show your additions to the document but hide anything you delete. For some types of editing this can result in a much easier-to-understand document.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (8340) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Word in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Showing Only Added Text with Track Changes.
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