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Chapter 2. Writing, Editing, and Reviewi... > Marking and Tracking Changes

2.5. Marking and Tracking Changes

You can use several methods to keep track of changes made to a document. Which method you use, and whether you need to keep a record of changes, depends on your company's or client's policy.

  • You can make your changes to a copy of the document (stored in a different folder, or under a different name, or both), then use Writer to compare the two files and show the changes you made. Click Edit > Compare Document. This technique is particularly useful if you are the only person working on the document, as it avoids the increase in file size and complexity caused by the other methods.

  • You can save versions that are stored as part of the original file, but this method can cause problems with documents of any size or complexity, especially if you save a lot of versions. Avoid this method if you can.

  • You can use Writer's change marks (often called "redlines" or "revision marks") to show where you have added or deleted material, or changed formatting. Later, you or another person can review and accept or reject each change.


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