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[RESOLVED] Revision Mode(?) in office suite word processors?

Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 7:18 pm UTC
by SpringLoaded12
Working on a university project, I recently received a document from a writing advisor that included his revision comments, and noticed a functionality of the word processor I hadn't seen before.

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The advisor's edits are visible in blue (the dotted line leads to a comment on the right margin). What caught me off guard was when I went to make an edit myself, it automatically applied the same crossing-out and highlighting format, and even in a different color (the green in the bottom-right).

My question is, how do I enable this with other documents? It seems like a useful feature. I'm using Apache OpenOffice 4.0.1 Writer, though it'd be useful to know how to do this in Microsoft Office Word as well.

Re: Revision Mode(?) in office suite word processors?

Posted: Wed May 21, 2014 7:23 pm UTC
by EvanED
The typical feature is called "track changes", and has been around a long time. How you access it will change a bit by version, especially in Word. (Remarkably enough, they've actually managed to make some nice, if minor, improvements to this feature even over the last couple versions. OO Writer has it, but it's not nearly as nice IMO.)

In OO Writer 4.1 beta (what I happen to have here), you go to Edit -> Changes -> Record. In Word 2013, use the Review ribbon and click Track Changes.

Re: Revision Mode(?) in office suite word processors?

Posted: Thu May 22, 2014 1:55 am UTC
by SpringLoaded12
Thanks a bunch! That should cover everything I wanted to know, so I'll mark this as resolved.

Re: [RESOLVED] Revision Mode(?) in office suite word process

Posted: Thu May 22, 2014 5:16 am UTC
by scarecrovv
The correct answer, of course, is to use LaTeX and a proper version control system Git or Mercurial. :wink: