Word: What happens when you paste tracked changes into another document?

February 21, 2009

One of my current clients has very long scientific documents that have contributions by numerous people, and Track Changes are one way they deal with the changes. As a result, I’ve had to deal with Word’s Track Changes far more than I ever thought I would.

Not being a fan of Track Changes, one thing that has baffled me a bit is what happens when you copy a passage from a document with Track Changes turned on and paste it into a another document. Well, it depends!

However, the people over at the Microsoft Office Word Team’s Blog have described in detail — and with a neat matrix table — exactly what happens in the various scenarios where source and destination documents have Track Changes turned on or off.

I’ve included the matrix here, but I suggest you read the full article to get all the details.

Pasting Track Changes matrix

Pasting Track Changes matrix

Source: http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_office_word/archive/2008/09/05/pasting-tracked-changes.aspx

[Links last checked December 2008]

One comment

  1. If I am working with the Simple Markup, the computer automatically shifts to Full Markup after about 5 minutes. Drives me crazy. It will also move the comments panel to the bottom of the screen every 15-20 minutes when I am in Full Markup. This also drives me nuts.

    Any suggestions would be great.

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