Delete button does not show strikethrough when Track Changes is enabled in Word

Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word enables collaboration between you and your coworkers and make changes that are easy to spot. Unfortunately, in some cases, enabling this feature causes an issue. For instance, when activated to edit a document or file the ‘Delete’ button does not enable strikethrough. Let’s try to solve it!

Track Changes – Delete button does not show strikethrough

Those who are familiar with Track Changes option know that when it’s turned on, deletions are marked with a strikethrough (when selected by highlighting and pressing the Delete button on the keyboard), and additions are marked with an underline. Yet, sometimes, the word or sentence to be deleted does not show a red line striking it out. Rather, the text or the complete sentence gets wiped out. In such cases, tracking changes for coworkers becomes difficult as they have no idea where to incorporate changes. The only information displayed is the message in the comment balloon reading: DELETED: XXX.

The deletion isn’t being displayed as Strikethrough due to a combination of certain factors. You’ll need to disable them as follows:

  1. Configure Advanced Track Changes options
  2. Check ‘Show Markup’ section.

1] Configure Advanced Track Changes options

Delete button does not show strikethrough when Track Changes is enabled in Word

In Word, use the flyout option in the Tracking section of the ribbon.

Next, click the ‘Advanced Options’ tab.

When the ‘Advanced Track Changes Options’ window opens, hit the Markup/Deletions pulldown menu item and from the list of options displayed, select ‘Strikethrough’.

2] Check ‘Show Markup’ section

Select the ‘Review’ tab from the ribbon menu of Microsoft Word and go to the ‘Tracking’ section.

'Track Changes' in Word

There, click the pull-down arrow, just adjacent to ‘Show Markup’ and uncheck the ‘Show revisions in Balloons’ option.

When you do so, the deleted text will be displayed as stricken rather than in the balloons.

The same procedure also works on Microsoft Word for Mac although there may be slight variations in the steps.

This post will show you how to track Changes and Comments in Microsoft Word.

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