Word: Turn off ‘track formatting’ in Track Changes

July 17, 2014

Based on a Writing Tip I wrote for my work colleagues…


Are all your formatting changes tracked when you have track changes in Word turned on?

Most of the time you don’t need these formatting balloons cluttering up your document and adding to your stress levels. Here’s how to turn off track formatting in Word 2007 and 2010 (Word 2013 and later is different), while still keeping track changes on for insertions/deletions etc.:

  1. Go to the Review tab > Track Changes drop-down arrow > Change Tracking Options.
  2. Clear the Track Formatting check box, then click OK.



To turn off track formatting for all documents, you need to use a macro. Details: https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/word-macro-to-turn-off-track-formatting/


  1. So sad. This appears to have been deleted in newer versions of Word, at least for Mac. Word devolves.

  2. It seems though this works for one document, if you open another one, track formatting is active. Any chance to disable it for all documents?
    Thank you.

  3. Hi Terence

    Try this: https://cybertext.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/word-macro-to-turn-off-track-formatting/

    I’ll add it to the post above as well, for future readers.


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