When you convert a Microsoft Word document to a PDF, the Word comments will usually appear automatically in the PDF. However, that is not the case with revisions created with Track Changes, such as insertions and deletions. So, today’s tutorial shows how to convert Microsoft Word documents with Track Changes to PDFs so that the tracking also appears in the PDFs.
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The images below are from Word for Microsoft 365. These steps also apply to Word 2021, Word 2019, and Word 2016.
What about Word for Mac? If you are using Word for Mac, you don’t have to take any extra steps to include Track Changes in your PDF. Simply save your Word file with your Track Changes visible as a PDF. Your comments and Track Changes should automatically appear in the PDF.
How to Convert Microsoft Word Documents with Track Changes to PDFs
- Select the File tab.
- Select Save As in the Backstage view. (The Save as PDF option won’t work for this process.)
- Select the More options link.
- Choose the location to save your PDF in the Save As dialog box.
- Select PDF in the Save as type menu.
- Select the Options button.
- Select Document showing markup in the Options dialog box.
- Select the OK button.
- Select the Save button.
When you open the PDF with software such as Adobe Acrobat, the Track Changes should now appear in the text. Comments will also appear to the left of the text.