If you are new to using tracked changes or comments in Microsoft Word, or if you have used them before but want to see if there is anything you are missing, here is a quick overview of the functions. This is helpful for correspondence with your editor and other authors.
Tracked changes and comments have been available for several versions of Microsoft Word and Open Office. At this point, most people have Word 2007 or 2010 (both of those versions have the “ribbon,” which is the toolbar at the top of the screen instead of menus. Some people still have the old version of Word (2003). If you are a student at a recognized academic institution and have an edu e-mail address, you can get a substantial discount on Microsoft Office. The new version will allow you to do much more with formulas, figures, tables, and other important formatting for your scholarly work.
The image below shows the basic functions of tracked changes and comments. This is very helpful when communicating with other authors and editors of your work. If you have trouble viewing the image on your screen, you can download the pdf version above.