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This behavior would only be possible if for some reason the Save from LibreOffice was leaving the 
change-tracking information in the document as if it had not been saved after the changes were 
accepted/rejected, etc.  

If the changes have been accepted, there is no reason for them to appear in the document taken to 
Microsoft Word.  (LO and the ODF document format do not have a way to retain the unapproved form of 
approved changes in saved documents.)

When you open the document that Microsoft Office still sees change-tracking in directly in 
LibreOffice, does LO also still see the change-tracking (once it is made visible if previously made 
not visible)?

Finally, since I am a wannabe change-tracking wonk, can you make a small LibreOffice demonstration 
document that you believe change tracking has been removed from by accepting and rejecting the 
changes as desired, so there are no tracked changes left?  Save it as ODT first, not just DOC or 
DOCX.  Then save it as the form taken to Microsoft Word.  I will be happy to examine the situation 
more closely with you.  

 - Denis

-----Original Message-----
From: Rogier F. van Vlissingen [] 
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 18:25
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Word incompatibilities with changes and comments

So quite apparently, the problem is in MSW2007, where it opens the files to
the last version prior to the changes, and you then have to deliberately
display the final version, and the only way to get a clean version in
MSW2007 is apparently to accept the changes there.

I've now tried it a few times, but MSW2007 stubbornly keeps opening up docs
in which all changes were accepted in LibreOffice (and I just went to 3.5),
to display showing markup, which you then have to either switch off, or
accept all the changes in order to display a clean version in MSW2007.

In a collaboration like I'm having it means that in practice I must accept
the changes twice, once in LO, and then once again in MSW2007, before I
hand it off to colleagues using MSW2007

On Sun, Feb 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM, Brian Barker <>wrote:

At 19:33 19/02/2012 -0500, Rogier F. van Vlissingen wrote:

During a book project where some are using LibreOffice and some are using
MSWord, we're noticing that if corrections are processed in Libre office
3.4.4 and the file looks totally clean, when you open it up in Word, they
are still there, and you end up having to delete them a second time.

What settings are you using for tracking changes?  If you have Edit |
Changes > | Record ticked in LibreOffice, you will be preserving the
original along with the changes.  If you have Edit | Changes > | Show
unticked, you will see just the edited version and not the hidden originals
(so your document will look "clean").

When you open a document that includes tracked changes in Word, the
original items will be there along with the changes.  What you see will
depend on your Review setting in Word.  In particular, if you have this set
to Original, you will not see any of the changes.

o If you don't want to track changes, untick Edit | Changes > | Record in
o If you want to track changes but then want to see in Word what you have
done, change the Review setting in Word.

I trust this helps.

Brian Barker

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