Have you ever wanted (or needed) to be an incognito editor, a covert reviewer, or a clandestine collaborator? If so, this post is for you—or for your secret identity—because it demonstrates how to change your user name for Track Changes in Microsoft Word on a PC.
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The images below are from Word for Microsoft 365. These steps also apply to Word 2021, Word 2016, Word 2013, and Word 2010. However, your interface may look slightly different in those older versions of the software.
How to Change Your User Name for Track Changes in Word
Important Note: These steps must be completed before you use Track Changes because they don’t change the name associated with existing edits or comments. Word doesn’t have a straightforward way to change user names connected to existing edits or comments.
However, you can replace user names with the default label Author for all existing and future edits and comments, as shown in “How to Remove User Names from Existing Track Changes in Microsoft Word.”
1. Select the Review tab in the ribbon.
2. Select the dialog box launcher in the Tracking group.
3. Select the Change User Name button in the Track Changes Options dialog box.
4. Change the user name and/or the initials in the Word Options dialog box.
Pro Tip: You can also open the Word Options dialog box by selecting the File Tab followed by Options in the backstage view.
5. Check the box in front of “Always use these values regardless of sign in to Office” if you want to save these changes for future documents.
6. Select the OK button to save your changes.
Your updated user name should now appear when you add new comments and edits.
Updated November 22, 2021