Word Track Changes and co-authoring in real time
January 28, 2014 9:38 AM Subscribe
I am in a graduate class that requires deadline-driven group work from students who are all working together online. We have four groups members and will be collaborating on editing projects using Word's Track Changes feature (Word is required). The problem is that we can't figure out how to be in the same Word document at once while preserving the functionality of Track Changes. Am I overlooking an obvious solution?
posted by megancita to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We tried Google Docs, but if you upload a Word file into Google docs you lose the Track Changes functionality, as far as I can tell. I also looked into the Microsoft's Office Web App product (a Google Docs competitor), but it also looks like Track Changes isn't possible there. Is there some other tool that will allows us to do this, or a way to share someone's desktop in a way where we can then all edit and see the same document? We'd need to preserve both any in-text edits and be able to make margin comments.
Otherwise, what we end up having to do is work individually, merge our Word files together, and then go through and clean-up the redundancies/points of disagreement. It would be so much simpler if we could all see the work at the same time, as many of our assignments are due the same night we receive them.