Can't Turn Off Track Changes in Word

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While Word normally lets you turn off the Track Changes feature by clicking its icon in the Ribbon, the program may prevent you from doing so if either you or a third party locked the feature with a password. Unlock Track Changes by clicking Lock Tracking and entering the password.

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Step 1

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Select the Review tab from the Ribbon. Click the bottom-half of the Track Changes icon to open a pop-up menu and select Lock Tracking.

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Step 2

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Enter the password in the text field and click the OK button to turn off the Track Changes feature.

Tip

  • The password that locks the Track Changes feature is case-sensitive. Before typing it in the text field, check whether Caps Lock is disabled.
  • If a third party locked the feature, consider asking that person to either give you the password or send you a new copy of the document with the feature already unlocked.
  • If you locked the feature yourself and forgot the password, consider copying and pasting the contents of the document into a new Word file. Doing so, however, does not preserve previous versions of the document or any comments authors or editors may have added to the file.
  • Turning off the Track Changes feature does not remove tracked changes from the document. To remove tracked changes, review those changes and either accept or reject them.

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