If you're not using your 's Track Changes function, you're missing out on one of the best tools of the digital age. The good news: it's quick and easy to learn. This tutorial will show you how.

Track Changes is perhaps one of the most useful features in MS Word. This toolset is valuable because it promotes a collaborative relationship between writer and . Many first- authors fear the editing process because they're concerned an will “process” their work and remove their unique, authentic voice from the prose. Track Changes prevents this from happening. By its very nature, Track Changes revolves around ; it allows the to make suggestions and the to accept or reject them. And if an editor makes a correction that doesn't have an obvious rationale behind it, that correction can have an explanatory comment attached to it. Track Changes does what its name implies: it tracks changes. Every revision is saved; and editor can toggle between the edited text and the original.

Gone are the days when typed paper manuscripts were annotated with proofreader's marks and comments in the were attached with lines to circled phrases. Track Changes is an essential tool that helps guide your narrative from rough draft to polished .

Tip: Be sure to accept or reject all changes and close or respond to any comments each you receive an annotated document for review. The right margin fills up with comments and corrections quickly, and these create untenable clutter if they're left in place. Over , the document will evolve toward a final version as fewer and fewer changes and points remain.

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