Microsoft Word: Collaborating with a Team

Microsoft Word is the tool that every company uses or requires as their file format. But how do people really use it in a team environment to get the most out of their experience? This Geek School series will teach you just that.

Lesson 1: Using Templates to Ensure Common Layout and Formatting

Microsoft Word is a great tool for working on documents in a team setting. There are many features that support easy collaboration, including templates, change and revision tracking, comments, restricting and protecting documents, and comparing and merging documents.

Lesson 2: Keeping Track of Changes Made to a Document

Now that you’ve setup the template for your document in Lesson 1, and the first draft of your document has been written, it’s editing time. If you have multiple people collaborating on the document, you can use the Track Changes feature in Word to know what changes were made and who made them.

Lesson 3: Using Comments to Indicate Changes in a Document

In addition to using “Track Changes” to log any and all revisions to a document (discussed in Lesson 2), you can also provide feedback in lieu of changing the actual text or layout.

Lesson 4: Restricting and Protecting Documents and Templates

Restricting and protecting a document ensures you’re the ultimate authority over its progress.

Lesson 5: Versioning, Comparing, and Combining Documents

For the last lesson in this Geek School series, we’re going to talk about keeping track of versions in Word and comparing and combining documents.

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