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Tracking the Absence of Change
I am in the final throes, thrashing about like a drowning man, of a lengthy editing project. Whether it's because my computer is too old, too slow or otherwise compromised or just because Microsoft Word is lame, the experience of doing this work with "Track Changes" turned on has been hideous. I think I need someone to show me how to make the feature functional, because I have so many color-coded modifications to deal with that I frequently find it impossible to discern the original document underneath. Sometimes, though, I'll pass over a paragraph that is gloriously devoid of color and smile.

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jstgerma From: jstgerma Date: January 19th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, track changes is just hateful. I was recently sending back and forth some edits on a piece, and both parties were using multiple computers, and by the end there were comments from four names in four different colors and I was accepting changes I didn't agree with just to get those damned little bubbles out of the margin. I've known a lot of people who used it as a teaching/grading tool, but I can't imagine putting up with it on that scale.

Thanks for the link!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 19th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't see how Track Changes can work when there's real editing going on. For final corrections, perhaps. But I'm in agony.

I'm so glad -- so glad, as I hinted at in December -- that your blog no longer requires signing in to Gmail to read!

And I'm sorry about the Eagles. McNabb missed some throws, but wasn't that bad. That was definitely pass interference on Curtis at the end. Also, how about ex-Cal Bear Desean Jackson?

From: mbeecham Date: January 20th, 2009 01:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
While you are trying to edit the document yourself, you have to use "View Final Document" instead of view "View Mark-up" which is the default. This way you don't have to see your changes or anyone else's comments. The only time you should have the "View Mark-up" on is when you are actually accepting or rejecting changes.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 20th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ahh. That helps. I wish there were a way to have the edits marked without the sidebars, though, because I think they are what slow Word down
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