Add Track Changes to Word Online
This would be one of the most common ways you'd want to collaborate on a document. It is the equivalent of Google doc's "suggesting" mode and without it our organisation would find it extremely difficult to take the plunge and jump ships.
Track changes is now available in Word for the Web (Online.) You can turn track changes on and off, see insertion and deletion markup, and accept/reject changes. Additionally, you can enable track changes “just for you, temporarily” to make suggestions without enabling for everyone.
Thanks for suggesting and voting for this feature.
Jeremy Foster commented
There may be a bug with this. If I lock the track changes in a Word document from the desktop app, but a colleague opens the app in Word in Teams, he's able to turn off track changes and edit the document without tracking.
Francesco Caviglia commented
This is definitely an improvement and if you share a file while in reviewing mode the person with an editing link will enter reviewing mode too. But nothing will prevent this person from editing the file if s/he wants to.
This may be the only area where Google Docs is still better, and I cannot understand why I Word for Web still does not offer the option of a "commenting mode".
Preventing users "with editing link" from disabling "track change" could be an easy solution (the owners would still be able to see comments and suggestions for revisions).
We ask students to share their assignments with their fellow students - in commenting mode (Google Docs) - before handing them to us teachers. And they are asked to hand in to us a link with commenting rights. Until this becomes possible it is difficult for us to switch to Word Online, although it probably gives a better writing experience.
Justin Cobler commented
Such a feature is very well needed in Word.
It needs to be part of online service as well.
It keeps the clutter to as less extent as possible.
And helps in improving the productivity.
I think in the same vein as this idea is, when you share with others, allow a default sharing where everyone but the document owner can only "review" the document (suggest changes, add comments). Currently you can only share via link where everyone has full edit permissions, or everyone can only view the document, but this middle ground is missing.
Once again, this is a basic feature of Google docs and, until it comes to Word Online, I think it'll drive people away from Word.
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as at 17 Feb 2020, we can see this feature (thankyou) in Word Online, but was wondering when it will filter into Word Online used within the Teams app.
Agreed, we really need this for our on premise office online server.
jagjeet singh commented
Is this feature is enabled for Office online server 2019 ?
What about changes history?
Gilles Couzin commented
@Bill Blais - I'm on 'First Release' too. I first saw Track Changes in Word online some time in Dec 2019, just checked today and it's still there!
@Admin - Any idea WHEN it will be rolled out to ALL users?
Gordon Baron commented
Ditto to all of the other comments. In order to be truly collaborative (across Microsoft Teams/OneNote/etc.) this function needs to work the same whether viewing online or in the app.
Can't stress enough how tough it is to have this feature missing from the online version of Word.
Bill Blais commented
Just cleaning up some folders and found that I actually did get screenshots!
Same basic screen, but one shows the expanded 'Accept' and 'Reject' text. Very promising!
Adele Monroe commented
When a change is accepted, track changes automatically jumps to the next tracked change. However, as an editor, I need to see the final text and all spacing and punctuation, which is not easy to see with strikethrough. So I am accepting text, then clicking Home, Undo to find it again---it's amazingly inefficient compared with desktop Word. Please at least allow the user to click "Accept and go to next change" OR just "Accept" (and stay put).
Bill Blais commented
So, I can confirm that they're working on it, because I had it. Briefly.
I am a 'First Release' user in my tenant and 2 weeks ago I stumbled across Track Changes functionality in the Review ribbon in Word Online while editing a doc with a coworker! And it worked as expected (color changes, strikethroughs, named edits, etc.)! I was thrilled! It wasn't available for any non-First Release users, but that was fine.
Now, however, it's gone. I wish I'd taken a screenshot to prove my sanity, but I checked and our sysadmin hasn't changed any O365 settings. Anyone else experience this?
I agree with everything that is said in other comments. We just put a huge investment into microsoft and without this feature, there is a good chance our company won't use it. Is there a timeline for this feature?
Trevor Beck commented
As someone who is constantly asked "Google or Microsoft?" the lack of track changes in Office 365 is why I'll continue to suggest Google for collaboration and Microsoft to make it look pretty (i.e. format).
Это единственное что останавливает нас от покупки лицензий и внедрения Teams во все наши договоры с клиентами. Клиенту очень важно видеть изменения и автора изменений для принятия решения принимать правку или нет, иначе использование Teams не имеет смысла, мы точно также можем работать в Google-doc
Have a client that needs this feature implemented for Collaboration. The mac version of office is too unstable for their collaboration and the Online Word is essential to their adoption of Office 365 from Google Docs.
Phil Daniel commented
The absence of this feature is why I still use Google Docs. I only use Word if I have no other choice, such as when I work with people not comfortable enough with technology to understand Google Docs. Unbelievable that this is under review since 2015, it should have been live since 2011!