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Microsoft Word/Track Changes in a Protected Document


Needed by April 30. I am using MSWord 2010. I created a pre-formatted template report that is a password protected document so that the formatting of sections/headers is preserved. I created fields so that people can input data and these are the only sections that can be edited/changed. I selected Editing restrictions of "No Changes (read only).  The problem is, when the reports are reviewed by management, REVIEW/TRACK CHANGES cannot be turned on to show changes made. ACCEPT/REJECT is grayed out as well. How can track changes be used for only the sections that are editable w/o altering the formatting of section headers?

Thank you!

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As an alternative (which may be more appropriate), have all changes accepted in the document, have tracked changes turned on and then restrict the editing - this would enable you to see the changes that have been made.
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