How to track changes in Word.

Learn how to track changes in Word to keep a record of all edits as you write important documents.

You often have to go through multiple revisions when writing personal and business documents. Plus, as you edit them, you need to keep track of what you’ve changed in each draft. Read on to learn how to use Track Changes in Microsoft Word to easily keep on top of document versions.

Start tracking changes in Word documents.

It’s easy to start tracking changes in a Word document. Follow these steps:

  1. Select the Review tab in the top toolbar.
  2. Select Track Changes.
  3. Adjust tracking settings with the three drop-down menus next to the button.

Word will strike through all deleted text and underline new text with tracking turned on. That way, you and anyone else can easily see what changes you’ve made. When you’re done editing your document, you can turn tracking off by selecting the Track Changes button again.

Track changes with PDF files.

Although it’s easy to track changes in Word, it’s also easy to forget to activate change tracking. As a result, you — or someone you shared the file with — could make changes the tracker didn’t catch. This could lead to unwelcome surprises down the line.

You can avoid this issue by saving your Word document as a PDF. You can then add comments to the PDF file with PDF editing software, like Adobe Acrobat. With Acrobat, you can easily mark text for deletion, suggest different phrasings, and leave general comments.

Once your comments are in the document, you can make corrections and changes to the original Word document. This way you can ensure nobody makes untracked changes to your documents.

Discover what more you can do with Acrobat to edit, convert, and share PDF files.