Do you know how to make sure you don’t lose your edits or forget what you’ve changed? I’ll need to recombine the files I receive back from multiple editors, compiling all their changes into one master file. But how will I know I’ve caught everything? (Simple answer; I won’t, but I’ll do my best.)
The file I send to the editors is locked:
- In Word, go to the “review” menu and click on “restrict editing.”
- In the panel or menu that appears, check the box “allow only this type of editing” and select “track changes.”
- Save the file to a new name, and send this new name to the editors.
Edits made in a locked file appear with straight lines in the margins and nice bright colors in the text, making them easy to see. Also
- Even if your file wasn’t locked, if you have selected “track changes” in the “review” menu, your changes will have the same straight lines and bright colors.
- Click on the “next” and “previous” to work your way through the changes and see what they are.
- If you’re file wasn’t locked, you’re able to accept or reject the changes one by one. (This is what I will do as I add the changes to my own master file.)
All of which is great, but how do you check you didn’t mis-type something?
- Saving the file to a new file-name means I can easily compare files.
- Under the “review” menu, click on “compare.”
- Use the file browser to set the original file to the old file, the changed version to the new.
- Compare will bring up a multi-panel window – best to expand that to fill your screen.
- On the left hand side is a list of all differences. Go through them one by one, and if something’s wrong, edit the newer version of the file to fix it.
- Then compare the files again.
Wish me luck!