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How to stop Tracked Changes from tracking formatting changes

When you turn on tracked changes in Word, Microsoft seems to think you automatically want everything tracked. This includes every word you update, every sentence you remove, every paragraph you create and even every time you change the formatting in the document.

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Now, it’s not that we don’t completely appreciate Word keep a track of all of this, its just that sometimes we only want the text changes tracked, not the formatting as well.

So how do we tell Word to track our changes, but hey don’t worry about tracking any formatting changes?

In this post, we will show you how to manage what your tracked changes preferences, removing formatting and leaving you with tracking on comment and insert/deletions only.

Turning off formatting tracking while using Tracked Changes

  1. Open Microsoft Word
  2. Find and click Review
  3. Press Tracking
  1. Under the Tracking drop-down, click Mark-up Options
  1. Click Formatting, this will remove the tick from the left-hand side

With the formatting tracking now turned off, you can begin making changes to your document and Micrsoft will only track the comments and new insertions or deletions you make leaving you to make any formatting changes in peace.

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