How to Make Corrections on a Word Document

By Adele Eliot

Making corrections on a Word document is a simple process with the help of Microsoft's "Track changes" feature. This allows you to make corrections to documents without permanently altering them. Once you've finished correcting the Word document, you can share it with others who can either accept or reject your changes. This feature is useful if you are correcting someone else's work or sharing a document among several users for editing.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word

Step 1

Open the Word document.

Step 2

Click on the "Review" tab and select "Track Changes."

Step 3

Make the corrections you want within the document. Deletions will display the original word with a red line through it, and additions will show the new word or punctuation mark underlined in blue. Any untouched original text will still appear in its original color. You can customize these colors by selecting "Change Tracking Options" under the "Track Changes" menu. Click the "Markup" button and select personalized colors for added and deleted text, format changes and other alterations.

Step 4

Accept or reject corrections within the document by clicking the "Accept" or "Reject" button under the "Changes" panel. This is also under the "Review" tab.

Step 5

Click on the "Track Changes" button again to turn off tracking without changing any corrections you have made. When you do this, all text will look the same, and you won't be able to see the corrections you have made. Save the document when you're satisfied with the text.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you can't see the "Track Changes" button under the "Review" tab, the document might be protected. You can turn off protection by clicking on the "Review" tab and selecting "Restrict Editing" and "Stop Protection" at the bottom of the panel under the "Protect" group.