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One of the many ways I use Word is to revise/grade student papers, and some of Word's tracking defaults are not to my liking (i.e. blue font, underline inserted text, etc). It takes many clicks to change the defaults before I can actually start grading the student's work, and doing this on 20-25 papers for each class module is very time consuming.

There's also format changes that I'd like to ignore when I enter comments about student's work... For example, if I'm commenting on a bullet/numbered item, I'd like to hit return and advance to the next line, NOT add another item to the list.

I've tried changing the doc template and have had to restore after really messing it up. I'm hoping that folks on this forum can help me figure out way to switch from "normal" mode to "grading" mode when I use Word while I've got my Teacher Hat" on.

Thanks in advance for sharing your wisdom!

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Record a macro setting things the way you want on track changes options. Use that macro.
As far as bullets and numbering, use Shift+Enter instead of Enter.
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Hello and thank you, Charles.

I have created a macro as you suggested. As can be seen on the attached screengrab, the tracking changes it sets are ignored. It's strange that the red bars do indicate where I have revised the document.

Also attaching a screengrab showing the tracking options I recorded to create the macro, and the macro's generated code.

Further troubleshooting help is much appreciated!
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UPDATE:

Success! My students' papers were opening in "protected view". It seems this is a default security feature for downloaded docs. The Macro works fine after I changed this default setting, see attached.

YAYYY-- Thank you Charles for the time-saving tip!
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