We have previously written about how helpful change tracking can be in Microsoft Word 2010 when you are collaborating with others on a document as a team. But occasionally the document will need to be shown to someone outside of the team, and the change markup can be ugly, distracting, and confusing.
So you might be looking for a way to hide the changes without removing them from the document, which will allow you to address the proposed changes later. Fortunately you can hide the markup that is displayed when change tracking is enabled by following our short guide below.
Hiding Tracking Changes in Word 2010
The steps in this article will hide any changes that are noted in your document. It will not accept the changes, but rather hide them from view in the document. You will be able to re-enable the change markup later so that you can continue working on the document with the changes that have been noted in the markup.
Step 1: Open the document in Word 2010.
Step 2: Click the Review tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the drop-down menu at the top of the Tracking section of the office ribbon, then select the Final or Original option. If you select the Final option, then the document will display the text with the included changes. If you select the Original option, then the document will display the text before any of the changes were applied.
When you wish to display the changes again, simply return to the drop-down menu in Step 3, but select the Final: Show Markup or Original: Show Markup option.
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