Microsoft Word - Review and comment Word 2003 protected-Form

Asked By Shoro on 27-Jun-12 09:38 AM
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Hello,
I was wondering if anyone knows of a script or any way to enable Track Changes and Comments features in a protected Word 2003 form.
Your help will be much appreciated.
Thanks,
Jitendra Faye replied to Shoro on 28-Jun-12 12:18 AM
Reference from-

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/turn-on-or-off-change-tracking-HP003082914.aspx

solution-


  • On the Tools menu, click Track Changes.

When the Track Changes feature is enabled, TRK appears on the status bar . When you turn off change tracking, TRK is dimmed.

Vikram Singh Saini replied to Shoro on 28-Jun-12 02:00 AM
I create a protected form and tried your requirements. There is no normal way to enable track changes. But we can follow steps to achieve objective (but for same we would need protection password).

1. Open password protected form from Word (I used Word 2010 as I'm not having 2003 but you can get hint for same).

2. Go to Developer ribbon tab, click Restrict Editing in Protect group. A right side Restrict formatting and Editing window opens. Click Stop Protection button in bottom.



3. Enter password when asked for.
4. Now other options would be visible in right side window. Select Tracked Changes from Editing Restrictions group.
5. Click Yes, Start Enforcing Protection.



6. Enter password twice for protection.

Now when you type or modify in form controls all would be tracked and would be highlighted by underlining along with text color set to red.

Hope this helps.
Shoro replied to Jitendra Faye on 28-Jun-12 09:20 AM
Thanks, Vickey ... but it would be difficult to educate users on this as this form has a journey to make  before it comes back to me :)
Shoro replied to Vikram Singh Saini on 28-Jun-12 09:27 AM
Thanks for your reply Vikram. I will try your suggestion. Unfortunately, in my case, I can't expect the end-user to do anything as they just want to be able to fill-in the field and be able to see track changes feature work along with their comments. Thanks, anyway. I am just trying to explore an alternative to Word, however, I am not sure if any other application such as PDF would allow for users to have track changes and be qable to insert comment.
Vikram Singh Saini replied to Shoro on 28-Jun-12 10:12 AM
I can't expect the end-user to do anything as they just want to be able to fill-in the field and be able to see track changes feature work along with their comments.

You don't need to ask your users for same. Follow the steps in your form , protect it and send or share it with all your users.
Shoro replied to Vikram Singh Saini on 28-Jun-12 11:41 AM
Thanks a lot Vikram. I did try the steps you have mentioned. Correct me if I am wrong so with this option again the user has to change the Editing restrictions from filling-in to Track Changes right? You can't have both the features working at the same time right without manually changing the Editing Restriction value and providing password.
thanks again for your time and help - it;s much appreciated.
Vikram Singh Saini replied to Shoro on 28-Jun-12 10:00 PM
with this option again the user has to change the Editing restrictions from filling-in to Track Changes right? You can't have both the features working at the same time

Unfortuantely yes! We cannot have both the features working at the same time.