Tuesday, March 21, 2017

TIP TUESDAY: TRACK CHANGES

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

You didn't think I'd really continue the story about the dentist today, did you? No way! It's TIP TUESDAY. The dentist story will probably continue tomorrow.

You've written your first book and you want all the niggling details to be correct, so you look for an editor (preferably moi). I reply in a timely and polite manner. Among the other information you receive from me, you learn that I edit using "Track Changes."

Track Changes might seem daunting if you've never heard of it before, but I learned to use it. I tend to think that if I can learn how to do something on the computer, then any computer user can learn how to do it because I am no technological genius.

If you don't need to use track changes, but you'd like to check it out, go to a Word document. Select the Review tab. Look to the right in Review, and you'll see Track Changes. Click on it and then play around with your document. Make some corrections and changes to see what you can do.



Track changes allows me to make corrections and comments on the manuscripts I edit without printing everything out and marking up the manuscript with a pen, which would probably give me writer's cramp, to which I'm prone.

I tippety-tap on my laptop, and before you know it, you have your manuscript back on your computer with my corrections in red text. No confusion between what you've done and what I've done. If I want to explain a correction or suggest a change, I can highlight your text and then make a comment about it off to the side of your manuscript.

You read through my suggestions and have the option to accept or reject them. Or if you want another person's opinion, you can send your manuscript to that editor who can't possibly be as good as I am but I forgive you, and the other editor's comments and corrections show up in a different color.



I always suggest to my clients that they learn how to use Track Changes before I return their manuscripts. This site has an excellent written explanation of Track Changes, along with a video:

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/word2013/track-changes-and-comments/1/

Some professors also use Track Changes to help their students improve essays before they receive the final grade. When I was a grader for a professor, you'd better believe I wish I could have used Track Changes for that job.

What kind of experiences have you had with Track Changes? Robyn Alana Engel, no complaints allowed from you, even though you put my name in The New York Times and it has nothing to do with pedophilia.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


20 comments:

  1. I find track changes a very useful editing tool too.

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  2. I really need to utilize this.

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  3. I've never tried Track Changes, but I'd heard of it. I think I'll give it a look sometime in the near future. I mean, it's not like I've been taking up my time doing many blog posts lately...

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    1. You're still welcome to write a guest post for TIP TUESDAY. Your dialog is the best.

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  4. This is the first I'm hearing about "Track Changes." Thanks for the heads up.

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  5. That is super interesting.

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  6. I have seen a somewhat similar program used here where I work. It's amazing what computers can do these days, isn't it?

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    1. When I see old computers in movies, they look so funny! How did we accomplish anything with them?

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  7. I have never heard of track changes and found this an interesting read because of that

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  8. I'd never heard of this before. You always discover cool things with cool blogging pals.

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  9. Track Changes - and YOU - were enormously helpful in editing my book. If I ever got my rear in gear you'll be hearing from me for book two as well!

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  10. I hadn't heard about Track Changes, so thanks for the heads up. Nice kiddos to you in the comment just above mine!

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