Remove tracked changes and comments

Now that you’ve sent your document out for review and gotten some input on it, the file has all this markup in it.

It might have lines that look like this:

The line at the margin to show a tracked change is at that location

Or a lot of strikeouts and insertions, like this:

All markup showing in a document

The only way to delete these tracked changes is to accept or reject them. Here’s how:

  • To look at each revision, one at a time, click Review > Next > Accept or Reject.

The Accept, Reject, and Next buttons

Word accepts the change or removes it and then moves to the next change.

  • To accept all the changes at the same time, click the arrow by Accept > Accept All Changes.

Accept All Changes command on the Accept menu

Important:  Choosing No Markup in the Display for Review box helps you see what the final document will look like—but it only hides tracked changes temporarily. The changes are not deleted, and they’ll show up again the next time anyone opens the document. To delete the tracked changes permanently, accept or reject them.

Remove comments

If people added comments in your document, they aren’t removed when you click Accept All Changes. You have to delete them.

Click the comment. In Simple Markup view, it looks like this:

The comment icon in Simple Markup

Click Delete Comment.

Delete comment button on the ribbon

To delete all comments at once, click the arrow by Delete Comment > Delete All Comments in Document.

Delete All Comments in Document command on the Delete Comments menu

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