How to Track Changes Within a Microsoft Word Document

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Track changes within a Microsoft Word document by going to "View," clicking on the "Tool Bar for Reviewing" and selecting "Track Changes," which highlights all changes in red. Keep track of changes made to a Word document with a tutorial from a computer consultant in this free video on computer programs.

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Hi this is Kyle Parker for Expert Village and I'm going to show you how to track your changes within Microsoft Word document. So say your friend has been writing a synopsis on To Kill a Mockingbird, and they've asked you to review it and you'd like to show them all the changes that you've made in their document when you send it back to them. So the first thing you are going to want to do is go up to view and then bring up the tool bar for reviewing. So now you have your reviewing tool bar up here. You can now go to track changes. Once that is selected any changes that you make in the document will then show up. So say this is wrong, Atticus Finch living with his brother Jim, you know that it wasn't actually Atticus that it was Scout. And so now your text is showing up as red because that's been changed. And then his widowed father is actually his name. So he's mixed up the names here. And so on, and so this is also wrong. And then say oh now you come up here and you want to make sure that this is indented and the same for this program. And maybe the formatting is supposed to be doubled spaced for your essay so you should come over here and double space it. And now all these changes that we've made here will be showing up on the side that show each change that has been made since the document that they sent you. Then whenever you go to save this document and they open it up they'll be able to see these different views and they go to final showing markup, they'll see all your markups and then once they agree to or change them back, then they can go to just the final view and then print it out. You are all ready to go.

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