Document Collaboration with Microsoft Word

Learn how to effectively co-edit documents with other Word users using Track Changes and other features on Microsoft Word's Review tab


Do you co-edit documents with others?

More and more, we're creating and editing legal documents with other people. Setting aside the obvious people problems (differing opinions, etc.), there's the problem of dealing with the technology:

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    How do the various editors indicate their changes and comments?
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    How do we keep track of the document's history?
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    How do we make sure that the final document doesn't contain any metadata that could be transmitted to an adverse party?

Right now, I'm putting together a course on using Microsoft Word in document collaboration. It's going to be centered around the Review tab, which contains the Track Changes feature plus other collaborative editing tools you might not be aware of.

So far, the course contains the following lessons:

  • Automatically marking document edits with Track Changes
  • Inserting comments with Track Changes
  • Showing, hiding and printing tracked changes
  • Reviewing, accepting and rejecting others' edits
  • Configuring Track Changes Options
  • Restricting others' edits in collaboratively-edited documents (both text and Styles)

Other lessons being written right now include:

  • Comparing two documents to produce a redline/legal blackline
  • Scrubbing metadata to ensure your edits/comments don't get broadcast to adverse parties

If you'd like to get in on the ground floor of this learning opportunity at a discount, click the button below. As soon as the course has gone through this beta-testing run with an introductory group, I'll be increasing the price.