Reviewing Document Versions

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 4, 2021)

If you are using Word to manage different versions of your document, you may want to review a particular version of a document at some time. To review a saved version, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Versions from the file menu. Word displays the Versions dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Versions dialog box.

  3. Using the list of existing versions, select the version you want to review.
  4. Click on View comments if all your comments do not fit within the Versions dialog box.
  5. Click on Open.

At this point, Word opens the version in addition to your already open (current) version of the document. Word displays the two in separate windows, on-screen at the same time. When you are through reviewing the version, simply close it as you would any other document file.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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