Very few documents are finished with the first draft. In fact, documents created in the legal world often improve with multiple editors and input from a critical audience. The question is how do you manage this input, and what are the potential impacts on collaborative editing? Within Microsoft Word, there are great features to track edits and collect and sort input from multiple people.
These tools are found in the “track changes” and review features of Microsoft Word. It’s great to navigate these and find opportunities to integrate them into law school as well as legal practice work.
Following are some resources on learning Word and collaboration features, such as tracking changes as the document review features.
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This content is developed by experts in the field. Each lesson has a suggested completion time, an overview of topics covered, and often example files. You can learn a broad concept or search by key word to find answers to specific questions. This resource is available to all members of the Richmond community.
Example Lynda.com Lessons and Other Resources
Here are some sample Lynda.com lessons and related resources to explore:
- Customize Track Changes (5’12”) – A module in a Word Tips section that shows how to customize what is tracked and how it appears.
- Collaborating with others using the Track Changes tool (6’22”) – A module in the Learning Word 2016 lesson showing how to collaborate on editing with track changes.
- How to track changes in Microsoft Word without going insane (950 words) – Tips on how to work with track changes in Word, using concrete examples, screen shots and examples focused on productivity.
- Remove hidden data and personal information by inspecting documents, presentations, or workbooks — Technical guidance from Microsoft on how to review metadata and other hidden elements of documents in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
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