How to Change an MS Word File Out of Editing Mode

The Microsoft Word “Track Changes” feature lets users place notations in a document. With this editing feature, the document's deletions, additions and editorial notes appear on a marked-up draft. The editorial markings help a writer or student learn from past mistakes and revise according to a reviewer's advice, but at some point you'll likely want to work with a clean draft. You can change MS Word out of this editorial mode with a few clicks.

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"Track Changes" lets reviewers leave convenient virtual notes in Word.

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Open your document in Microsoft Word.

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Click on the “Review” tab at the top of the window.

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Click on the drop-down box labeled "Final Showing Markup" in the "Tracking" group.

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Click on "Final" from the list of options. This shows the final draft, removing the editorial notes and red-line edits.