Track Changes in Word – how it works

Learn what Track Changes is, how to track changes in Word, how to remove tracked changes in Word, and much more.

Track Changes in Word is a powerful feature that makes it possible to mark changes that are made to a document. The feature includes several tools you can use to control which types of changes to track, how to display the tracked changes, and finally how to accept or remove the tracked changes.

Word has included Track Changes functionality for decades. Microsoft has changed the Track Changes features in Word 2013 and later versions compared to earlier versions.

This article covers the Track Changes feature as it works in Word 2013, Word 2016, Word 2019, and Word for Microsoft 365.

If you are using an older version of Word, see Shauna Kelly's article about Track changes, covering Word 2010 and earlier versions.

Word refers to both tracked changes and comments that are added using Word’s comment feature as revisions. Some of tools discussed in this article are also used in relation to comments. I have covered the Word comment feature in detail in the article How comments in Word work. Please refer to that article for help on comments in Word.

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