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Melissa Nelson wondered: <<I edited a Word doc last week, that had been
edited a million times by a number of other people, and the changes I
made...disappeared. I double-checked the disappearance with my PM and
she remembers the changes as well and agrees that they disappeared.
Anyone have a clue how that could have happened?>>
The good news is that unless all those millions of edits are
simultaneously present in the document, you shouldn't "lose" any of the
edits. There appear to be at least 16 distinct colors for tracking
revisions "by author", which suggests you shouldn't have any problem
before hitting that number. Afterwards? Never had opportunity to test
There are so many potential common causes for this that it's hard to
know where to begin. The one I see repeatedly is that someone turned
off the display of tracked changes so they could look at the results of
the edits rather than the actual edits; in that case, the edits are
still there, just invisible. Turn on the display again and you'll see
Another, filed under the category of "d'oh", is that one of those
"millions" sent you the wrong version of the file. You'd be amazed at
how often this happens. If you're maintaining backups of all versions
of your files--and if not, you really should be--it's easy to recover
your latest version and start it back through the list of reviewers.
Less-obvious possibilities: Someone reviewed your changes then unwisely
chose "accept all" or "reject all". Someone turned on "versioning"
(under the File menu) and you're simply looking at the wrong version.
Someone edited the file in WordPerfect, which occasionally does
unfortunate things to edited Word files.
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