How to Change an MS Word File Out of Editing Mode

By Richard Kalinowski

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.

Step 1

Open your document in Microsoft Word.

Step 2

Click on the "Review" tab at the top of the window.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Tips & Warnings

  • To turn editing mode back on, simply click "Final" and revert back to the "Final Showing Markup" or "Original Showing Markup" options.