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    Indicating updates by vertical line in left margin (any)

    Back in the days of the mainframe, it was possible to indicate to the word processor ("Script") that a series of lines had been changed or added using a vertical bar/line just to the left of the left margin. In all my time using Word I have never wanted to do this -- until today! Any thoughts on how best to indicate the changes since the previous version (which will of course have to be added 'manually')?

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    Re: Indicating updates by vertical line in left margin (any)

    Tools | Track Changes will turn on this feature.
    You can customize the way tracked changes are displayed in the Track Changes tab of Tools | Options...
    The exact way tracked changes are displayed and processed has changed significantly between Word 2000 and Word 2002, so details are dependent on the version you use.

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    Re: Indicating updates by vertical line in left ma

    Another option is the "Compare & Merge feature (I believe it was introduced in Word 2002)

    With the first document open select "Tools > Compare and Merge Documents..."
    Make sure "Legal blackline" is selected and open the 2nd document.

    This gives a black line in the left margin as well as telling you what the differences are.

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    Re: Indicating updates by vertical line in left ma

    Thanks, Hans, that's just what I wanted! But how can you indicate that a set of lines has already been changed? Perhaps by highlighting it and then doing....?

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    Re: Indicating updates by vertical line in left ma

    Ah, Tony, my problem is that I have been working on the same document in Word, and the "previous version" only exists as a PDF! I'd be quite happy to do a manual comparison between printed PDF and current document, and manually select the bits which I've added or changed -- but I can't see how to cause the "has been changed" indicator to appear using that method!

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    Re: Indicating updates by vertical line in left ma

    You'd have to change something in those lines again <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    For example, change the text colour.

    (Theoretically, you could save the document as RTF, open it as a text file and insert the track changes tags manually. Not an attractive idea - it would be VERY easy to mess up the document beyond repair) <img src=/S/flee.gif border=0 alt=flee width=25 height=25>

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    Re: Indicating updates by vertical line in left ma

    John,

    How about
    <UL><LI>Turn off change tracking
    <LI>Cut the lines in question
    <LI>Turn change tracking back on
    <LI>Paste the lines back again[/list]StuartR

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    Re: Indicating updates by vertical line in left ma

    Stuart

    That seems to be the best that can be done in a hurry! Thanks to you, Hans and Tony for pointers!

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    Re: Indicating updates by vertical line in left ma

    For the future, you could apply direct formatting:

    <code>Sub ParaLeftBorder()
    ' Add border in the left margin similar to track changes
    With Selection.ParagraphFormat.Borders(wdBorderLeft)
    .LineStyle = wdLineStyleSingle
    .LineWidth = wdLineWidth100pt
    .Color = wdColorAutomatic
    .Parent.Borders.DistanceFromLeft = 8
    End With
    End Sub</code>

    It might be difficult to work at the "less than a paragraph" level or in tables... I didn't try to go there.

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    Re: Indicating updates by vertical line in left ma

    And to quickly turn revision tracking on or off, double click the TRK in the status bar at the bottom of the screen.
    Andrew Lockton, Chrysalis Design, Melbourne Australia

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