Before you share your document, remove any markup by accepting or rejecting tracked changes and deleting comments.

Important: To remove tracked changes, you must accept or reject them. To remove comments, you must delete them. Choosing the No Markup view only temporarily hides changes and comments. They will be visible again the next time someone opens the document.

Accept or reject changes one at a time

  1. Click or tap at the beginning of the document.

  2. On the Review tab, go to Changes.

  3. Select Accept or Reject. As you accept or reject changes, Word will move to the next change.

    Accept or reject changes

  4. Repeat until you've reviewed all changes in your document.

Tip: To review changes in the document without accepting or rejecting them, select Next or Previous.

Accept or reject all changes

  1. On the Review tab, go to Changes.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • In the Accept drop-down list, select Accept All Changes.

    • In the Reject drop-down list, select Reject All Changes.

      Accept All changes option

Delete Comments one at a time

  1. Select a comment.

  2. On the Review tab, go to Comments and select Delete.

    Delete a comment button

Delete all comments

  1. Select a comment.

  2. On the Review tab, go to Comments.

  3. In the Delete drop-down list, select Delete All Comments in Document.

    Delete all comments

Tips: 

  • To do a final check, run Document Inspector. This tool checks for tracked changes and comments, hidden text, personal names in properties, and other information.

  • To run Document Inspector, go to File > Info > Check for Issues and select Inspect Document.

Accept or reject changes one by one

  1. Click or tap at the beginning of the document

  2. On the Review tab, select Accept or Reject. As you accept or reject changes, Word will move to the next change.

    Accept change button

  3. Repeat until you've reviewed all of the changes in your document.

Tip: To move through changes in the document without accepting or rejecting them, select Next or Previous.

Accept or reject all changes

  1. Go to the Review tab.

  2. Do one of the following: Changes and do one of the following:

    • In the Accept drop-down list, select Accept All Changes.

    • In the Reject drop-down list, select Reject all Changes.

Delete comments one by one

  1. Select a comment.

  2. On the Review tab, select Delete.

    Delete comment button

Delete all comments

  1. Go to the Review tab.

  2. In the Delete drop-down list, select Delete All Comments in Document.

    Delete all comments

Remove tracked changes

  1. Click at the beginning of the document.

  2. On the Review tab, go to Changes.

  3. Select Accept or Reject. As you accept or reject changes, Word will move to the next change.

    Options under Changes on the Review tab

  4. Repeat until you've removed all changes in the document.

Tip: To review changes in the document without accepting or rejecting them, select Next or Previous.

Accept or reject a single change

When you accept or reject a single change, Word will not move to the next change in the document.

  • Right-click the change and select the option to accept or reject it.

Remove comments

You need to remove comments separately from tracked changes.

  1. Select a comment.

  2. On the Review tab, go to Comments.

  3. Select Delete.

    Options under Comments on the Review tab

Remove all comments at once 

  1. Go to the Review tab

  2. In the Delete drop-down list, select Delete All Comments in Document.

Resolve conflicting changes

When multiple authors are collaborating on a document, they might make changes that conflict with one another. Conflicts can occur when one person works offline and then saves the document to the server, or when two people work on the same part of a document and save to the server before refreshing the document with updates made by other authors.

When edits conflict, you must resolve them before you can save the document to the server. All changes in the document are saved on your computer in the Microsoft Upload Center, even when the document contains conflicts. However, the changes aren't saved to the server until the conflicts are resolved. When conflicts exist, Word notifies you by displaying a message bar at the top of the document window and a notification in the status bar.

  1. In the message bar, click Resolve Conflicts.

    Word displays the Your conflicting changes pane that lists the conflicts, and the Conflicts tab appears on the ribbon.

  2. In the Your conflicting changes pane, click a conflicting change to highlight the conflicting part of the document.

    Word uses pink highlighting to mark the conflicting changes that you made and green highlighting to mark changes made by other authors. Any other tracked changes that are in the document are temporarily hidden.

  3. Do one of the following:

    To

    Do this

    Keep your change

    On the Conflicts tab, under Conflicting Changes, click Accept My Change.

    Remove your change

    On the Conflicts tab, under Conflicting Changes, click Reject My Change.


    Conflict tab, Conflicts group

Accept or reject changes

You can review each change in sequence and decide whether to accept or reject the change.

  1. Click or tap at the beginning of the document.

  2. On the Review tab, go to Tracking.

  3. Select Accept or Reject. As you accept or reject changes, Word will move to the next change.

    Tracking pane with Accept, Reject, Previous, and Next commands.

    Tip: To review changes in the document without accepting or rejecting them, select Next or Previous.

  4. Repeat until you've reviewed all of the changes in your document.

Accept or reject a single change

Rather than move through changes in sequence, you can accept or reject a single change. When you accept or reject the change, Word will not move to the next change in the document.

  • Right-click the change and select the option to accept or reject it.

    Right-click to accept or reject a change.

Accept changes

  1. Tap twice on a change in the document to select it.

  2. On the Review tab, tap the Accept icon.

    Accept Changes menu

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Tap Accept & Move to Next to accept the change and move to the next change in the document.

    • Tap Accept Deletion, Accept Insertion, or Accept Change to accept the selected change, identified contextually by type, and not move to the next change in the document.

    • Tap Accept All Shown to accept all changes that are visible, but not changes that are hidden. For example, if you're viewing only changes made by a specific reviewer, tapping Accept All Shown accepts only the changes made by that reviewer.

    • Tap Accept All to accept all changes in the document.

    • Tap Accept All & Stop Tracking to accept all changes in the document and turn off Track Changes.

  4. To move to another change without accepting or rejecting it, tap the Previous or Next icon.

Reject changes

  1. Tap twice on a change in the document to select it.

  2. On the Review tab, tap the Reject icon.

    Reject Changes menu

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Tap Reject & Move to Next to reject the change and move to the next change in the document.

    • Tap Reject Deletion, Reject Insertion, or Reject Change to reject the selected change, identified contextually by type, and not move to the next change in the document.

    • Tap Reject All Shown to reject all changes that are visible, but not changes that are hidden. For example, if you're viewing only changes made by a specific reviewer, tapping Reject All Shown rejects only the changes made by that reviewer.

    • Tap Reject All to reject all changes in the document.

    • Tap Reject All & Stop Tracking to reject all changes in the document and turn off Track Changes.

  4. To move to another change without accepting or rejecting it, tap the Previous or Next icon.

Delete comments

  1. Tap twice on a comment in the document to select it.

  2. Tap the Review tab.

    Review tab comments menu

  3. Tap the Delete icon to delete the comment or press and hold the Delete icon until the Delete list appears, and then do one of the following:

    • Tap Delete to delete only the selected comment.

    • Tap Delete All to delete all comments in the document.

  4. To move to another comment without deleting it, tap the Previous or Next icon.

Accept changes

  1. Tap twice on a change in the document to select it.

  2. On the Review tab, tap Accept.

    Accept tracked changes

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Tap Accept & Move to Next to accept the change and move to the next change in the document.

    • Tap Accept Deletion, Accept Insertion, or Accept Change to accept the selected change, identified contextually by type, and not move to the next change in the document.

    • Tap Accept All Shown to accept all changes that are visible, but not changes that are hidden. For example, if you're viewing only changes made by a specific reviewer, tapping Accept All Shown accepts only the changes made by that reviewer.

    • Tap Accept All to accept all changes in the document.

    • Tap Accept All & Stop Tracking to accept all changes in the document and turn off Track Changes.

Reject changes

  1. Tap twice on a change in the document to select it.

  2. On the Review tab, tap Reject.

    Reject tracked changes

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Tap Reject & Move to Next to reject the change and move to the next change in the document.

    • Tap Reject Deletion, Reject Insertion, or Reject Change to reject the selected change, identified contextually by type, and not move to the next change in the document.

    • Tap Reject All Shown to reject all changes that are visible, but not changes that are hidden. For example, if you're viewing only changes made by a specific reviewer, tapping Reject All Shown rejects only the changes made by that reviewer.

    • Tap Reject All to reject all changes in the document.

    • Tap Reject All & Stop Tracking to reject all changes in the document and turn off Track Changes.

Delete comments

  1. Tap twice on a comment in the document to select it.

  2. One the Review tab, tap Delete, and then do one of the following:

    • Tap Delete to delete only the selected comment.

    • Tap Delete All to delete all comments in the document.

      Delete comments

    • To move to another comment without deleting it, tap the Previous or Next icon.

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