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Becky Carter Hickman-Jones
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Default Document Won't Accept or Reject Changes

I have a lengthy document that has been passed around to a couple of
different people. The document was written by one person using Word XP; he
sent it to me for editing and formatting in Word XP; I sent it off to
another person (Word XP) who enabled Track Changes/Reviewing (whatever you
want to call it these days) and then made changes; she then passed it off to
two other people (unknown versions) who added their comments and

Now the document has returned to me for editing, and while I can turn off
track changes, because I hate it, I cannot accept or reject any of the
changes. All of the suggestions remain colored and either underlined or
struck through. On the Reviewing toolbar, I have changed the view from
Original to Final, and nothing changes in the text display. When I show
Final, all of the red and blue text is still there. When I click the forward
and backward arrows in the Reviewing toolbar, Word tells me that there are
no other changes to be reviewed when clearly they are everywhere!

I have tried saving the document in a different format and then back to Word
XP. I have tried changing the compatibility of the document (Tools
Options). Nothing works. It's like the changes have been locked, like one
can lock a field to prevent it from being updated. I'll have to manually
edit each instance and reformat the whole document because of this.

Can anyone explain this behavior or provide a workaround? I have never seen
this happen before, but I wouldn't put it past Word to make a mess of
things!! Another reason not to use track changes!!


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