Friday, January 4, 2013

How to Use Track Changes

By Jill Williamson

To some, Track Changes are a mystery. But they are really easy to use, and are the main way books are edited these days by critique groups, editors, and some agents. This video will give you a quick overview of how Track Changes work.




Have you ever used Track Changes? Do you have any questions about them?

14 comments:

  1. Thank you for a wonderful video! I got familiar with Track Changes when my Creative Writing teacher used it on my assignments, but there are people in my critique groups who I've had a difficult time explaining it to. Your video will be very helpful!
    ~Sarah Faulkner

    www.inklinedwriters.blogspot.com

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  2. Thanks, this looks cool! I don't have Microsoft Word, but if I ever do...it'll be good to have one less thing to figure out ;)

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    1. Most word processing programs have a form of Track Changes. I know that Open Office does.

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    2. Help!
      I can't find "Track Changes" in Open Office. LOLOL Just spent a good 20 minutes attempting to...LOL

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  3. Thanks so much Jill! It will be a lot less work editing my friend's papers for school now. Very helpful!

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    1. It's a handy dandy little function, that's for sure.

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  4. Track Changes are a great way to critique. I've used them for years already on school papers or anything the like. It's really useful and an easy way to use once you know how to

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    1. True that, Arlette. They are so nice. I can't imagine having to do edits the Old School way, reading over my editor's red pen marks. Eww.

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  5. I'd never given it much thought until someone recently gave me a critique with it and I found it SO helpful!

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    1. Yeah, once you know what you're looking at, it's awesome. One time when I used them, the author complained that I was adding mistakes to her manuscript, but she didn't know how to read Track Changes, so what she saw as deletions, she thought I was telling her to add. But those were all her misspellings. It was a mess!

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    2. LOL, that made me laugh.

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  6. Yes, oddly enough I was using Track Changes when I opened this article!

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  7. Ah, that's what it's called!I've used this before a few times, but my home computer doesn't have it in Word for some reason . . . I think it may be the starter version.
    Thanks for the post. :)

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