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    Tack changes color (Word 2003)

    With Track Changes turned on all my changes are in green. In looking at the Options (Tools-Options, Track Changes tab) it shows that the author should be Red/Blue (I am unsure what the blue means), however all my changes are Green. How do I change this to show my changes in Red. If I am changing someone else's document can I select the color for my changes or change the color Word uses?

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    Re: Tack changes color (Word 2003)

    Although you can specify a colour for tracked changes, this is not usually a good idea. The <font color=red>red</font color=red>/<font color=blue>blue</font color=blue> choice that you have selected is named "By author" and causes word to select a different colour for each author. If you specify a colour in this dialog box then you will get that specific colour, but no longer get a different colour for each author. If you select by author then you can't specify which colour is used for each author.

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    Re: Tack changes color (Word 2003)

    1. When I select red/blue for author then make a change to a document I created (I am the author) the changes are in green. Why is this?
    2. What is suppose to be in Red and what in Blue?
    3. If someone sends me a document to edit, can I select the color for my edits?

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    Re: Tack changes color (Word 2003)

    1. <LI>The changes are in <font color=448800>green</font color=448800> because you have asked Windows to select a different colour for each author and it has selected Green for you. The colour it selects is effectively "random" and you cannot control it.
      <LI>The two colour symbol (<font color=red>red</font color=red> and <font color=blue>blue</font color=blue>) is supposed to show "more than one" colour, not "red and blue will be used"
      <LI>You can select a colour for edits, but it will then be used for all edits by all authors. You do not have the option of allowing each author to independently select their own colour.
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    Re: Tack changes color (Word 2003)

    I always get red as "my" color when creating tracked changes on a document I originated or was first to mark up. Perhaps your document already has had some authors use track changes, so red was taken by someone else? Or maybe it is completely random. Or do you remember filling in green as your "Favorite Color" when installing or registering Windows? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Tack changes color (Word 2003)

    I am beginning to thing it is random. For whatever reason now when I create a new document my edits are in Blue. A few days ago my new documents edits were green. I started Word on my laptop and the edits are Red. No other author has touched these documents.

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    Re: Tack changes color (Word 2003)

    If you are working on the documents on two different computers, check your Tools>Options...>User Information tabs. Even adding or leaving out the middle initial will make Word think you are two completely different authors. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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