Four Ways to Tell if Track Changes Is Turned On

1) Check the Icon on the Review Ribbon

Look on the Review ribbon. If the Track Changes button is greyed (Windows users) or the switch is green (Mac users), changes are being tracked.

The green slider on a Mac shows whether TC is turned on or not.
The icon is greyed when turned on for Windows users.

2) Just Type

Start typing. If Track Changes is on, you’ll see your actions marked up. How this looks exactly is determined by your Markup Options settings (on the Review ribbon) and which page view you have chosen. Beware that if the tracking is set to anything but “All Markup”, you may not see changes on screen.

3) Check the Status Line

Look for the status on the bottom border of the window. You may have to turn on that feature by right-clicking on a grey part of that border and selecting the option.

The status bar along the bottom edge of Word’s window.
Right-click on a grey area of the status bar to select from the menu of options.

4) Change Background Colour via a Macro

If you create a macro to toggle TC on and off, you can add a step that changes the background colour at the same time. That way, whenever the background is pale peach, for example, you know that TC is turned on. However, the background colour is only displayed in page view. So this trick won’t work if you like working in Outline or Draft view, for example.

A macro can automatically change background colour when TC is on.
book cover cropped to banner size
Find out more about using Track Changes starting on pp. 8–27 of the book.


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