Word's Track changes feature: Merging document from different reviewers?

Subject: Word's Track changes feature: Merging document from different reviewers?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 08 Jun 2004 17:07:16 -0400

While browsing one of O'Reilly's excellent "Missing Manuals" series, I discovered a useful tip for working with Word's revision tracking:

If you have several different editors or reviewers who will be working on several copies of a document simultaneously, you don't have to review the edits separately in each file, then copy them into a single master file. Instead, you can merge the comments into a single documents:
- Open the Tools menu
- Select Merge Documents

I haven't tried this with anything complicated, but I imagine the feature would produce unpredictable results if two reviewers made vastly incompatible changes to the same chunk of text. I also imagine the merge would fail if you tried to merge significantly different versions of a document.

Has anyone worked with this feature long enough to have a feel for how well this feature works?

--Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca
(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)


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