How to Make Word 2016 Show All Changes Inline

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One of Microsoft Word's most useful features is its ability to track changes when someone edits your document. Annoyingly, Word 2016 tracks those changes but does not actually show all of them by default. So, if someone has erased a word or added a new phrase, you can accept those changes but you can't view them beforehand, unless you tweak one setting.

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Here's how to get Word 2016 to show changes.

1. Open a document in Word if one is not already open; it can be a blank one.

2. Click the Review Tab.

Review tab

3. Select "All Markup" from the pulldown menu that's to the right of the Track Changes button. It shows "Simple Markup" by default.

Select All Markup

The changes your editor made will now appear inline in different colors.

inline changes

Right-click each potential change to accept or reject it.

right click to accept or reject

Accept or reject all changes by using the Accept or Reject buttons in the ribbon and selecting the "Accept all" or "Reject all" options.

Accept All Changes and Stop Tracking

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