How to quickly change simple markup to full markup and vice versa in MS word - Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Those of you who have been using track changes in MS word for a long time and for those of you who are just starting out, this little tip will save you time and effort. The track changes feature is a very neat and powerful tool to help you edit a document and pass it on to another to either accept or reject those changes. Your suggestions are shown clearly either in the body of the text or displayed at the side. Read my Track Changes in Word tip to start you off. But do you get frustrated when you receive a document that does not show the level of information you require? i.e. too much, as the setting of Full Markup, or too little as the setting of Simple Markup?

In this example, I have a document that has already had Track Changes set and some edits have been made. The document has been sent to me with simple markup as the setting.

On the left-hand side of your text, you will see red vertical lines.

Here is an example set at Simple Markup. example 1

This is the same example set at Full Markup. example full

In the past, we needed to select the way we wanted the display by finding the tools for Track Changes in the Review tab.

Review Tab

There we would select the dropdown arrow from the All Markup button and select the required setting. Track Changes list

This is a simpler, faster way!

All you need to do is…… double-click on the red vertical line in the left-hand side of the text.

Go on do it now. Then do it again and see it changes for you to the other setting. Have fun with it. It is so simple and so obvious but hides in plain sight.

Here is a slightly more complex edit in Simple Markup. example 2

And here is the same in Full Markup. example 2 full mark up

Don’t forget to turn off your Track Changes when you have cleaned up your article.

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