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How to view MS Word edit history?

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#1 stebbinsd


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Posted 11 December 2017 - 04:09 AM

So I recently came across this article:




According to this article, not only does Microsoft Word give the option of tracking who made what changes to a document and when ... but it actually does so by default, and the only way to prevent the changes from being seen by anyone else is if you know the edit history is there and manually delete it! This has purportedly been used to reveal military fraud, catch political campaign criminals in their acts, and even prove that corporations had purposefully lied about their product to get more sales ... all because some people didn't know the MS Word records your changes by default and didn't think to manually delete the metadata.


I downloaded MS Word for the first time in forever just to try this out. I'm used to using Apache Open Office. But I wanted to see this edit history in action, so I went ahead and downloaded MS Word.


I've been created my own documents so I could see my own edit history, making sure to save often so I would have plenty of edit histories to view. But no matter how many times I make edits to the document and save it, whenever I use the Document Inspector, this is what I get:




I thought this was supposed to be a default setting!


If you have to turn on the "track changes" feature, how did all these stories i read about where militaries and corrupt political candidates got exposed happen?

My current build:


Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P
Processor: AMD FX-8350
RAM: 12GB (2x2GB+8GB)
Video Card: Geforce GTX 1050ti

OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate

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