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