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    Disable Track Changes

    Word 2k, SR1

    I've inherited a template and some associated docs exhibiting bizarre track changes behavior.

    1) Track changes is checked, but grayed out.

    2) The template had changes in it that were tracked, but not displayed (sound familiar?). Hence, all documents based on the template have the metadata in them. These are Rational ReqPro docs so they're playing havoc with the database.

    3) It won't let you accept changes through the UI. I can accept changes programmatically, however.

    4) It won't let you turn off track changes either through the UI or programatically.

    [Tearing Hair Out Smiley]

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,

    Chris

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    Re: Disable Track Changes

    I know this is going to sound like my only answer (and it's certainly one of my favorites!), but I would try inserting the document into a new document and see if that allows you to turn Track Changes off.

    Lee Morgan

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    Re: Disable Track Changes

    Hi Lee,

    Ouch. Normally this or create new and paste all but the last paragraph mark are pretty easy options. In this case I was hoping to avoid that. Unfortunately, the docs are part of a Rational RequisitePro project. I'll use this technique, but it takes about 20 minutes per document and I'll have to do every document created since the template got hosed. Plus I'll have to go in and manually fix the SQL server database for some of the errors that are occurring.

    I'm still confused as to how the Track changes setting got disabled.

    Thanks. Sometimes ya just gotta knuckle under and do the no fun stuff.

    Thanks again,

    Chris

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    Re: Disable Track Changes

    Hi Chris,

    I'd say that Track Changes were turned via Tools/Protect Document and protected for Tracked Changes.

    In this situation you need to go to Tools/Unprotect and unprotect the document first. Then you should be able to Accept the changes.
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    Re: Disable Track Changes

    BAM,

    Right you are. Although I already fixed 'em the other way. Interesting that, when it's protected, it'll let you accept changes programmatically but not turn off track changes...

    Thanks,

    Chris

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    Re: Disable Track Changes

    Hi Chris,

    Interesting.... Personally I would say it was a bug since the whole concept of using Tools/Protect Document for Tracked Changes is so that a password can be set to prevent someone from Accepting/Rejecting modifications.

    So based on this concept, you shouldn't be able to by-pass the protection programmatically.

    But given the fact that Tools/Protect Document command is really a low-level security anyway, since you can also insert the contents into a new file and the protection is removed, I don't know if MS would consider this a bug or "by design" <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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