Tame Cranky Track Changes and Learn How To Customize Shortcuts


I’ll concede that Track Changes is a very useful Microsoft Word tool, especially when several people are reviewing and editing a document. But, as good as it is, it’s also quite pesky—especially when you accidentally turn it on by pressing Ctrl+Shift+E and then you try to toggle it off. Sometimes it just seems to hang on like chewing gum stuck to the bottom of your shoe. Suggestions?

 I don’t suggest turning it off; it’s much too useful. I think what you may want to do is disable the shortcut and just use Tools , Track Changes as the way to launch it. Disabling the shortcut is not only easy, but you may want to use this procedure to customize other shortcuts as well. As you’ll see, it’s a very useful technique.

Begin by clicking on Tools, Customize. Then, on the Commands tab, choose Tools in the Categories list and click on Keyboard, which is at the bottom of the screen, and once again click on Tools.

In the adjoining Commands column, move your cursor down until you get to ToolsRevisionMarksToggle . You should see the Ctrl+Shift+E shortcut appear in the Current keys box.

Select the shortcut in the Current keys box and click on Remove. Finally, close the dialog boxes. That’s all it takes to disable a shortcut.


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