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Old 05-11-2011, 08:02 AM
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Default Eliminate time stamp in Track Changes

I'm using the Track Changes feature in Word 2011 (Mac) and I need to eliminate the time stamp feature that accompanies edits altogether. I turned off (unchecked) the "Include reviewer, time stamp, and action buttons" selection in "Show Markup > Preferences" pane, and while this does eliminate the reviewer and date/time stamp in the editorial balloons, when I hover over a balloon, a window appears that reveals the reviewer and date/time stamp! Ackkkkkk! How can I prevent this from happening?

Many thanks to all and make it a great day!

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Old 05-11-2011, 06:26 PM
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Hi Aden,

That can only be prevented by accepting/rejecting the changes.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:14 AM
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Thanks, Paul.

Well that's certainly annoying! What do you do if you'd rather not have a colleague or client know that you were doing your editing at 3 a.m.? Seems like a no-brainer that you should be able to turn the date & time stamp off (in fact, Microsoft thoughtfully included a place for the user to select that--unfortunately it just doesn't work).

I found this same question posed on a PC-based Word forum, and a respondent offered the following instructions for addressing this issue in Word 2007 (PC) http://bit.ly/mpkGUM


On the Office button menu, go to Prepare > Inspect Document. After inspecting the document, when the results panel shows up, click the button to remove all "Document Properties and Personal Information". Then save the document. The dates and times will be removed from all tracked changes, and the reviewer name will be changed to "Author".

This won't do if you're using custom document properties, because those would be removed at the same time.


Sounds simple enough, but I can’t find any of the commands referenced in this text on Word 2011—perhaps they are located in different places in the Mac version, or are called something else? Nor can I figure out what he means by the “Office button menu”(?).

I have searched through all of the menus and also run searches through several after-market manuals, but have not been able to locate a single reference to this issue or any of the commands noted above.

Again, thanks for your help!

Aden

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Old 05-12-2011, 04:35 AM
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Paul,

After many hours of poking around, I discovered that you CAN suppress the date & time stamp from Track Changes--here's how to do it (in Word for Mac 2011, at any rate):

Go to "Word > Preferences > Personal Settings > Security > Privacy Options" and check "Remove personal information from this file on save" then save the document.

Voila! No more date or time stamp in Track Changes comments and edits in this document. This is positively Byzantine, but I'm glad the option exists!

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Hi Aden,

I think you'll now find your tracked changes have gone.
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Old 05-12-2011, 04:46 AM
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Nope. Track Changes are still there. Give it a try--works like a charm!

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Old 05-12-2011, 06:29 AM
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Hi Aden,

I did and they disappeared, which is why I posted.
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Default Removing timestamps from tracked changes

I found that if you're saving the Word document as docx, you can edit the XML directly and remove the timestamps this way. Follow the procedure below if you want to do this:

1. Rename the file to zip so it becomes a ZIP archive and you can easily open it using the appropriate tools
2. Open the renamed file, it will now open as a ZIP archive
3. Open the word folder in the ZIP archive
4. Open and edit the document.xml file in a good text editor. For example use Notepad++
5. Search using the following regular expression:
w:date="[\d\W]*\w[\d\W]*\w"
and replace with nothing. This regular expression will match all XML
timestamp attributes and remove them from the document.xml file.
6. Update the ZIP archive with the modified document.xml file
7. Rename the ZIP archive back to docx sothat it becomes a Word document again
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Nope. Track Changes are still there. Give it a try--works like a charm!

Aden
Thank you so much!!! It worked perfectly. The changes and bubbles are still there but not the Date and Time...

I really appreciated your help. My boss won't find out the crazy hours spend working in the middle of the night!
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You're a life saver! Works like a charm on OS x 10.8.5 Office for Mac 2011!
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