Word: Macro to turn off Track FormattingJuly 12, 2011
If you use Track Changes a lot — as my authors and their reviewers do — then you may find that formatting changes are often tracked, along with insertions and deletions. I think that the Track Formatting setting travels with the document — I have my setting turned off, but I’ll often get documents that have it turned on and I have to turn it off again, so it doesn’t appear to be computer-specific, just document-specific.
Sure, you can turn off the Track Formatting option in the Track Changes settings (Word 2007 and later), but this won’t accept those changes already tracked — it just prevents the tracking of future formatting changes. You can also accept just the formatting changes. But both these methods require you to take action.
But what if you want to turn off that setting automatically for any document that you create or open? You can, if you add this to any AutoNew() (applies setting to new documents on creation) and/or AutoOpen() (applies setting to existing document on opening) macro in your template, or in a separate macros document that applies to all documents:
With ActiveDocument .TrackFormatting = False End With
So, if you don’t already have an AutoOpen() macro, then the complete macro would look like this (AutoNew() is the same — just copy and paste this macro and replace AutoOpen with AutoNew):
Sub AutoOpen() With ActiveDocument .TrackFormatting = False End With End Sub
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