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How to Save Word Documents without Markups

Updated March 23, 2017

Microsoft Word's Track Changes feature allows you to display changes and comments as you edit a document. It's useful for collaborating on a document and showing others the changes you've made. By default, Track Changes is set as "Final Showing Markup," which displays the final version of the document made and shows the tracked changes and comments. Once you've finished the final copy of a document, though, you can change it so that the markups you've made don't show up.

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  1. Open a Microsoft Word document.

  2. Turn on Track Changes by clicking the "Review" tab and then the "Track Changes" icon in the "Tracking" group. If you have "Track Changes" in your status bar at the bottom of the screen, it will say "On."

  3. Make the necessary edits to the document. The changes you make will be highlighted as you go along.

  4. Click the "Review" tab. In the "Tracking" group, click the "Display for Review" drop-down menu.

  5. Select "Final" to hide the tracked changes. This view displays all the changes you've made in the final version of the document, but does not show the markups.

  6. Click "File" or the "Microsoft Office Button," then "Save as" to save the document.

  7. Warning

    These instructions are based on Microsoft Word 2007. The instructions may vary for other versions of Microsoft Word.

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Amy Dombrower is a journalist and freelance writer living in Chicago. She worked in the newspaper industry for three years and enjoys writing about technology, health, paper crafts and life improvement. Some of her passions are graphic design, movies, music and fitness. Dombrower earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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