How to Hide Markup Permanently on Microsoft Word 2007

Microsoft Word 2007 offers a convenient "Track Changes" feature, which records any modifications made to a document. When changes are made, they are displayed via "markup" in the document. Although this can be valuable when making edits or sharing documents, most users do not want it to be displayed in final documents. The only way to get rid of this markup permanently is to create a document template with the "Track Changes" feature disabled, then always use that template when creating new documents.

Open Microsoft Word and create a new document. Navigate to the "Track Changes" pane of the "Review Tab." Select "Hide Markup" from the menu.

Hold down the "Ctrl" and "S" key to open a "Save" dialogue box. Navigate to your "Templates" folder, which can be found in your "Microsoft Office" folder under Word. Give your document a name, such as "Standard" or "Normal," which is the option you'll want to choose when you open a new document moving forward. Click "Save."

Hold down the "Ctrl" and "N" keys at the same time the next time you want to create a new document. Double-click the template you created. "Markup" and "Track Changes" will not work in this document or in any document that uses this template.

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