About tracked changes and comments


To facilitate online review, Microsoft Word allows you to easily make and view tracked changes and comments in a document. In order to preserve the layout of your document, Word shows some markup elements in the text of the document, while others are displayed in balloons that appear in the margin. 

Track changes with balloons

Balloons show insertions or deletions, formatting changes, and comments.

Tracked Changes

With the Track Changes feature turned on, each insertion, deletion, or formatting change that you or a reviewer makes is tracked. As you review tracked changes, you can accept or reject each change.


As you review comments, you must delete them to remove them from the document.

comment markers and balloons

Comment marks

Comment balloons

Print a document with markup

When you print a document with markup showing, by default, Word chooses the zoom level and page orientation to best display the markup in your printed document. You can also print only a list of all markup in a document.

How-to information     Find links to more information about using tracked changes and comments under See Also, which is visible when you are connected to the Internet.

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