How to Change an MS Word File Out of Editing Mode

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

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.

Tip

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

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