Microsoft Word/combining documents
QUESTION: hello Suzanne!
In a recent email, you wrote "I have no experience with combining documents this way...".
Considering the trouble I'm having with this topic as I have written to you,may I ask you to let me know how do you combine documents? It would be great relief to me, to find another way to accomplish my goal.
You also asked me "before you save the "Sandra" file, are you accepting the corrections?" the answer is Yes.
Thirdly, you asked whether I see the duplications in Final view.
Somnetimes I don't, but other times I do. I guess I'm confused with all the options available in the Track Changes Options dialog box.
With all this trouble I'm having, another way, which you refer to, of combining documens, would be a great relief.
I'm desperate, and I need your reply.
ANSWER: I'm sorry my previous answer was misleading. I have no experience with the Combine Documents feature because I don't have any need to merge several versions of a document. This is a specific requirement of users who receive documents marked up by several "reviewers," and I am never in that situation because all the work I do is either for myself or for clients who don't use Word's markup tools at all; they are Luddites who fax me back printout marked up by hand! So I don't have a different method, just no need for any method.
The bottom line, then, is that I use Word's Track Changes and Compare/Combine Documents features only very rarely (and usually reluctantly). When I do edit files for clients, I don't use Track Changes; I tell them if they want to see what I've done, they can use Compare Documents to compare the result with their original! (Usually there are so many tiny changes that one look discourages them from further discussion.)
Also, since I use Word 2003 for production work, I'm not really familiar with the Track Changes options in Word 2007, 2010, and 2013, which are subtly different. So I really just don't have the experience or expertise to help with this problem.
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QUESTION: thank you, Suzanne, for a very clear and frank reply.
So where do I go for help?
One or two of the experts could not help me either.
I thought of trying the Microsoft forum, but I get confused there.I'm not clear how I will find a reply to my question.
The Microsoft Community (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/word
) is your best bet. When you ask a question, there's a box to check to be notified of replies. When you get the email, there's a link back to your question.
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) and the FAQ page (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/Page/faq
) for more information.
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