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    Keep track of formatting (2003)

    How can I ensure that the Keep Track of Formatting option is ALWAYS disabled when opening a document?

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    Re: Keep track of formatting (2003)

    Keep track of formatting is an application-level setting, i.e. if you turn it off, it is off for all documents. The setting is not stored in documents, so if Keep track of formatting is off, opening a document won't turn it on. Word "remembers" the setting across sessions.

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    Re: Keep track of formatting (2003)

    You could include the line
    <code>ActiveDocument.TrackRevisions = False</code>
    as part of an AutoOpen macro.

    StuartR

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    Re: Keep track of formatting (2003)

    I recorded a macro of toggling that option, and it appears that if you run this line of code it will be turned off:

    <code>Options.FormatScanning = False</code>

    To make that automatic, you could create an AutoOpen macro in your Normal template. If that was gobbledgy-gook to you, please see this article: Description of behaviors of AutoExec and AutoOpen macros in Word (MSKB 286310).

    Does it help?

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    Re: Keep track of formatting (2003)

    I may be mistaken, but I thought that that was another setting (Track Changes).

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    Re: Keep track of formatting (2003)

    Hans,

    I currently have two word documents open. One is tracking formatting and the other is not.

    Edited by StuartR to add Ah, keep track of FORMATTING, not CHANGES.

    StuartR

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    Re: Keep track of formatting (2003)

    Either we're talking about different features, or Word 2003 is different from Word 2002 (I'm using the latter).

    I was under the impression that the OP meant the setting in the Edit tab of Tools | Options...
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    Re: Keep track of formatting (2003)

    Hans, you are correct, I am talking about the setting in the Edit tab of Tools / Options. I work in the IT Dept of a law firm and we have users that are complaining that Keep Track of Changes keeps turning back on even though they have turned it off. We have a Group Policy set up to disable this feature but it apparently is not always working.

    I want to make sure both you and Stuart understand we don't want to completely disable this feature (as it is sometimes needed). We just want to make sure that it is turned off when a user opens (or creates) a document and if a user actually wants to use it they will have to turn it on.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Keep track of formatting (2003)

    You could put the following macro in a module in each user's Normal.dot:

    Sub AutoOpen()
    Options.FormatScanning = False
    End Sub

    The macro *must* be named AutoOpen, this causes it to be run whenever a document is opened.

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