Word 2010 Reviewing Documents

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Word 2010

Reviewing Documents

Introduction

Lesson 20
Suppose someone asks you to proofread a report for them. If you have a hard copy of the report, you might use a red pen to cross out sentences, mark misspellings, or add comments in the margins. However, you could also do all of these things in Word using the Track Changes and Comments features.
When you've finished reviewing the document, the other person can choose to automatically Accept all of your changes, or decide whether to Accept or Rejecteach change one-by-one.
In this lesson, you'll learn how to Track Changes, add Comments, andCompare two versions of a document.

Track Changes and Comments

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About Track Changes

When you turn on the Track Changes option, every change you make to the document shows up as coloredmarkups. If you delete some text, it won't disappear, but instead will have a visible strike through it. If you add text, it will be underlined. This allows another person to see which changes have been made before making the changes permanent.
A document with tracked changesA document with tracked changes
The color of the markups will vary depending on who is reviewing the document, so if there are multiple reviewers, you'll be able to tell at a glance who made each change.

To Turn on Track Changes:

  1. Click the Review tab.
  2. Click the Track Changes command. It should now be highlighted in gold to show that it is active.
    The Track Changes commandThe Track Changes command
  3. Any changes you make to the document will be shown as colored markups.
    Tracked changesTracked changes
  4. Click the Track Changes command again to turn it off.

Adding and Deleting Comments

Sometimes, instead of changing something, you may want to make a comment about part of the document. Comments show up in "balloons" in the right margin and can be read by the original author or by any other reviewers.

To Add a Comment:

  1. Highlight some text or place the insertion point where you want the comment to appear.
  2. From the Review tab, click the New Comment command.
    The New Comment commandThe New Comment command
  3. Type your comment.
    A commentA comment

To Delete a Comment:

  1. Select the balloon containing the comment you wish to delete.
    A selected commentA selected comment
  2. From the Review tab, click the Delete command.
    Deleting a commentDeleting a comment

To Delete All Comments:

  1. From the Review tab, click the Delete drop-down arrow.
    The Delete drop-down arrowThe Delete drop-down arrowClick Delete All Comments in Document.

Accepting or Rejecting Changes

Tracked changes are really just "suggested" changes. To become permanent, they have to be Accepted. On the other hand, the original author may disagree with some of the tracked changes and choose to Reject them.

To Accept or Reject Changes:

  1. Select the change you want to accept or reject.
    Selecting a changeSelecting a change
  2. From the Review tab, click the Accept or Reject command.
    The Accept and Reject commandsThe Accept and Reject commands
  3. If you accepted the change, the markup will disappear, and the text will look "normal."
    After accepting a changeAfter accepting a change
For some tracked changes, you can "reject" the changes by simply deleting them as if they were normal text. For example, if a reviewer adds a word to a sentence, you can just delete the word.

To Accept All Changes:

  1. From the Review tab, click the Accept drop-down arrow. A drop-down menu will appear.
    Accepting all changesAccepting all changes
  2. Select Accept All Changes in Document.

To Reject All Changes:

  1. From the Review tab, click the Reject drop-down arrow. A drop-down menu will appear.
    Rejecting all changesRejecting all changes
  2. Select Reject All Changes in Document.
Accepting or Rejecting all changes does not affect comments, so if you want to delete them, you'll have to do it separately.

Changing How Markups Appear

If there are a lot of tracked changes in a document, they may become distracting if you're trying to read through the document. There are a couple of settings that you can use to hide the markups or change how they appear.

To Hide Tracked Changes:

  1. From the Review tab, click the Display for Review command. The Display for Review command is located to the right of the Track Changes command, and it may not be labeled. It will probably say Final:Show Markup.
    The Display for Review CommandThe Display for Review Command
  2. In the drop-down menu, there are four options:
    • Final: Show Markup: Shows the final version along with the markup.
    • Final: Shows the final version and hides all markups.
    • Original: Show Markup: Shows the original version along with the markup.
    • Original: Shows the original version and hides all markups.
  3. Choose Final or Original from the drop-down menu to hide the markups.
     Displaying the Final version (markups hidden)
Setting Display for Review to Final is not the same as accepting all changes. You will still need to Acceptor Reject the changes before sending out the final version of your document.

To Show Revisions in Balloons:

By default, most revisions show up inline, meaning the text itself is marked. You can choose to show the revisions in balloons, which moves many of the revisions (such as deletions) to balloons in the right margin. This may make the document easier to read, as there are fewer inline markups. The balloons also give you more detailed information about some markups.
  1. From the Review tab, click Show Markup   Balloons   Show Revisions in Balloons.
    Showing revisions in balloonsShowing revisions in balloons
  2. Some of the revisions will move to the right margin.
    Revisions in the right marginRevisions in the right margin
To go back to inline markups, you can select either Show All Revisions Inline or Show Only Comments and Formatting in Balloons.

Comparing Two Documents

If you edit a document without tracking changes, it's still possible to use reviewing features such as Accept andReject. You can do this by comparing two versions of the document. All you need is the original document and the revised document, and they need to have different file names.

To Compare Two Documents:

  1. From the Review tab, click the Compare command. A drop-down menu will appear.
  2. From the drop-down menu, click Compare.
    The Compare commandThe Compare command
  3. A dialog box will appear. Choose your Original document by clicking on the drop-down arrow and selecting the document from the list. If your document is not on the list, click the Browse button to browse for the file.
    Choosing the Original documentChoosing the Original document
  4. Choose the Revised document the same way you chose the Original document and click OK.
    Choosing the Revised documentChoosing the Revised document
At this point, Word compares the two documents to determine which changes were made, and it creates a new document that you can save if you want. The changes show up as colored markups, just like the ones that appear when using Track Changes. You can then use the Accept and Reject commands to finalize the document.
Comparing two documentsComparing two documents
To the right of the new document, there is a pane that displays the Original and Revised documents that you can use for reference (although you can't edit them). If you don't see the pane on the right, click Compare   Show Source Documents   Show Both.

Using the Reviewing Features Safely

If there are any comments or tracked changes in your document, you should remove them before sending it out to anyone you're not collaborating with. Comments and tracked changes can reveal confidential information that could lead to embarrassment or make you or your company appear unprofessional (or worse).
Once you've removed all of the comments and tracked changes, it's a good idea to double-check your document using the Document Inspector. The Document Inspector can tell you if there is any hidden data in your document that you may need to remove. It looks for data in many different places—not just comments and tracked changes.

To Use the Document Inspector:

  1. Save your document.
  2. Click the File tab to go to Backstage view.
  3. Select Info on the left side of the page.
    Selecting InfoSelecting Info
  4. Click the Check for Issues command. A drop-down menu will appear.
  5. Select Inspect Document.
    Clicking Inspect DocumentClicking Inspect Document
  6. Click Inspect.
    Starting the inspectionStarting the inspection
  7. The inspection results will show an exclamation mark for any categories where it found possibly sensitive data, and it will also have a Remove All button for each of those categories. Click Remove All to remove the data.
    Removing possibly sensitive dataRemoving possibly sensitive data
  8. Close the dialog box when you're done.
  9. From Backstage view, click Save to make the changes permanent.

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