Jan 14 2022
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Apr 14 2022
I am using Office 365 on a Mac, and use the Track Changes function in Word a lot. Yesterday, the Track Changes icon in the Ribbon changed from the usual green "switch" icon to a page-and-pen icon with a drop-down menu. The drop down options are "For Everyone" or "Just Me". There was no update of the software -- I just noticed that it had changed.
At same time, the Track Changes switch icon disappeared from the Quick Access toolbar, where I had placed it for convenience. Many of my ribbon settings were reset, too.
Does anyone know why/how this might have happened, and how I can restore the switch icon for Track Changes (and get it back in the Quick Access toolbar too)? Thank you.
Feb 01 2022 01:29 PM
@David_E_16 I just discovered the same thing and it's driving me crazy. Have you found an answer?
Feb 05 2022 08:47 AM
Feb 07 2022 08:50 AM
I agree. I don't know why MS would change this to feature and make it worse.
Feb 07 2022 10:07 AM
@mattproofing So I found that once you turn track changes on, it appears at the bottom of the screen as "Track Changes on" and you toggle it from there. Still prefer it at the top with the green and red button.
Feb 26 2022 11:07 AM
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Mar 10 2022 06:10 AM
I've been completely aghast at this too, but I think I found the solution (at least to the problem as it affected me; possibly I've misunderstood other ppl's predicaments).
Previously, that nice green button-toggle was accessed by clicking in the toolbar on the dropdown icon "track changes" (picture of a pencil aslant a piece of paper). The green button you slid to turn on/off tracking was among a few dropdown options there.
Now THE ENTIRE ICON BUTTON has become, in effect, the green toggle. If you click it once, the background to the tiny picture of paper and pencil goes dark grey; this means tracking is on. Click it again and it returns to the same light grey as the rest of the toolbar; now tracking is off.
I hope that solves problems for some. Upside is it's one less click; downside is light/dark grey visually much less salient than the nice green button.
Mar 10 2022 07:18 AM
Hi Lisa -
I'm on Mac too and when I installed Office 365 I had the toggle button at top. When I restarted my machine it was replaced by the hopeless pen/paper icon. So much worse. But you can get the 'track changes on/off' option at base of screen. Go to bottom of screen - the part where you get page count, word number details etc shown - right click - then you'll get a pop-up menu of options to be shown in that part of the screen - among which is 'track changes.'