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    Track Changes (Word 2000)

    I hope someone is going to tell me that this is impossible, but
    Is there a way that after track changes have been done, you can change the name of the user that made the changes in the tool tip that pops up over each change.

    Thanks.
    Emily.

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    Re: Track Changes (Word 2000)

    You can't do it from VBA, and it's a big pain to do it manually (by creating two versions of the doc and comparing them as the new user), but it's relatively easy from RTF.

    Save the file as RTF, then open it in a text editor, like notepad. Search for the string "revtbl". You'll see something like:
    <pre>{*revtbl {Unknown;}{Micky Mouse;}{Donald Duck;}}</pre>

    If you change the name displayed in one of those entries, any changes that were made by that person in the document by that person will display the new name. RTF is a fragile format -- be careful not to delete any of those braces or semicolons.
    (Shameless plug: Hack #41 in my book discusses this in detail, and includes a Perl script to automate the process.)

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    Re: Track Changes (Word 2000)

    Thanks Andrew,
    That worked a treat.
    Emily

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    Re: Track Changes (Word 2000)

    An additional note:
    If you want to anonymize reviews (remove names and time stamps), you can do that in the File > Save dialog, "Tools > Security options".
    The option is named "Remove personal data on saving" or something like it.
    That should remove that info permanently. The tracked changes or comments themselves aren't deleted.

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> Klaus

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    Re: Track Changes (Word 2000)

    Hi Klaus:
    I can't find that in Word 2000. Must be a feature in later versions. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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