Microsoft Word/combining documents


hello Suzanne

You recently  replied to my query, and asked some very relevant questions. I didn't understand all the terms, and I replied asking for a clarification.

Here is a new perspective on the question of combining documents:
I came up with the idea of trying the same procedure in Word 2003 and Word 2010. In these two editions, the problem that I'm encountering in Word 2007 does not exist !!
What does this mean? Is my edition of Word 2007 corrupted, or more likely, the settings in the Track Changes Options dialog box are different from those in the older and newer editions. How can I find out?



Following my original reply to your question yesterday, I did not receive any follow-up "asking for a clarification." I don't have a copy of my reply, but I think the only question I asked was whether you had accepted changes in one version of the document before comparing/combining with another.

If the procedure works as expected in Word 2003 and 2010, then certainly something is different in 2007. I doubt that it's corrupted--more likely, your hunch that some Track Changes Options setting is different is correct--but fortunately, Word 2007 is the easiest version there is to repair: go to Office Button | Word Options | Resources and click Diagnose.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

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B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

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