Guest Post: Faster Editing with Track Changes

Today we welcome Cyberdyke to Mostly Mystery for a guest post on Track Changes.  I use this in Word but didn’t realize that it was common in most programs so am thrilled to add this to my toolbox.

I recently gave an article of mine to a friend to proofread. I recommended that she use Track Changes, as it would make it faster to see her suggestions. She had no idea what I was referring to. Every writing/word processing program has a form of Track Changes which can help you do just that.

Track Changes are a way to track the amendments to an original document. Or to put it another way, a visual revision history of all changes made by each editor. It is a perfect choice when having a beta reader or critique group peruse your manuscript (MS). Allowing every reviser to choose their own color, making it easy to glance through the work in progress (WIP) and see the alterations. Mousing over them pops up the editor’s name, quickly identifying who the comments are from. You can select colors using the preferences in your program.

Decide to keep or discard edits with a simple click. Or do a quick sweep and ‘Accept All’. Be aware there is no way back from this. If a reader cross something out, then undo’s it, the font color will still show that a change was made.

See example below.   Spelling errors, grammatical corrections, or moving words or sentences will show up.spelling example


To turn it on, in all versions: Ctrl+Shift+e

It can usually be found in ‘Revisions,’ to see all options.  For PC users, this shows up under “Review” as a separate tab.


Format (in the top menu bar) and choose Revision Mode

Choose which version from the one’s listed example: /First/Second/

(etc.) Revision

scrivener example












CLICK Track Changes

A review toolbar appears at the top of the page. If you need to make

changes that you don’t want to be tracked, move the Tracking slider in the

review toolbar to Paused, make changes, then turn it back on.

pages example



OpenOffice Writer:

Click Edit

Click Changes

Click Record

open office example













Nisus Writer Pro:


CLICK Track Changes

Nisus example









CyberdykeCyberdyke is a computer professional from the Pacific Northwest. She has worked for companies such as Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and McAfee. As a child, she wasn’t finding any books that appealed to her, so she began writing her own stories.

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