Using the Review Tab of Microsoft Office Word 2007

Updated on January 17, 2019
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How to Use Review Tab in Ms Word 2007

The review tab of Microsoft Office Word 2007 has got some important commands that you can use to modify your document. The review tab is useful in a number of ways. For instance, you can use it for proofing your document, adding or removing comments, and tracking changes among other things. Let us have a look at it in details. It has got the following groups.

Proofing Group

  • Spelling and grammar – the spelling and grammar tool are used for checking the spelling and grammar of your document. Upon clicking on this tool, the spelling and grammar dialog appears. It will display the word that is not in the dictionary and give you suggestions. It is upon you to accept or reject the suggestion or to type the correct word if it is not among the suggested ones.
  • Research – the research tool launches the research task pane that is used to search through reference materials, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, and translational services.
  • Translate – this command is for translating selected text into a different language.
  • Translation screenTip – this is for enabling a screenTip that translates words when you move your mouse over them into another language.
  • Set language – the set language command is used to set the language used to check the spelling and grammar of the selected text.
  • Word count – use this tool to find out the number of words, characters, paragraphs, and lines you have in the document. Word count is also found on the status bar at the bottom of the window. You can customize it by right-clicking on it to set what you want to display.

The Review Ribbon Tab of Microsoft Office Word 2007

The Review Ribbon Tab of Microsoft Office Word 2007
The Review Ribbon Tab of Microsoft Office Word 2007 | Source

The Spelling and Grammar tool

How to use the Spelling and Grammar tool
How to use the Spelling and Grammar tool | Source

Comments Group

  • New comment – this command adds a comment about the part you have selected.
  • Delete – this command deletes the selected comment.
  • Previous – this command helps you to navigate to the previous comment.
  • Next – use this command to navigate to the next comment in the document.

The Tracking Group

  • Track changes – use this command to track all changes made to the document, including insertions, deletions, and formatting changes.
  • Balloons – balloons helps you to choose how to show revisions to the document. There are two ways of showing revisions one by showing balloons in the margins of the document or showing them directly within the document.
  • Final showing markup – this command will help you to choose how to view the proposed changes to the document. The final option shows the document with all proposed changes included. Original option shows the document before any changes were made. Markup shows what changes have been proposed.
  • Show markup – this command helps you to choose what kind of markup to show in the document. You can hide or show comments, insertions and deletions, formatting changes and other kinds of markups.
  • Reviewing pane – the reviewing pane helps you to show revisions in a separate window. You can use either the horizontal or the vertical reviewing pane.

The Changes Group

  • Accept – use the 'accept' command to accept the change and move to the next proposed change, accept change, accept all changes shown, or accept all changes in the document.
  • Reject – use this command to reject the current change and move to the next proposed change, reject change, reject all changes shown, or reject all changes in the document.
  • Previous – navigate to the previous revision that has been carried out in the document so that you either accept it or reject it.
  • Next – use this command to navigate to the next revision in the document so as to accept or reject it.

The Compare Group

  • Compare – compare or combine multiple versions of a document.
  • Show source documents – use this command to choose which source documents to show. You have the option to show the original document, the revised document, or both.

Compare Documents Option

Compare documents option
Compare documents option | Source

The Protect Group

  • Protect document – this command gives you the power to restrict how people can access the document. You can restrict formatting and editing, restrict access, manage credentials, or give people unrestricted access.

Using the Review Ribbon Microsoft Word 2007

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2013 Patrick Kamau


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      Supriya pandey 

      17 months ago

      Very useful to me

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      Patrick Kamau 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I quite agree with you, Thief12, there are hundreds of useful options in Ms word. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Carlo Giovannetti 

      7 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Lots of good options there, especially in a networked environment where several people collaborate on the same documents.

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      Patrick Kamau 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Sana Ratio, you are welcome. I am glad you found my hub useful. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Patrick Kamau 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Yes the use of Ribbon actually makes working with Microsoft Office Word 2007 easy. But to those who are not used, it is a bit of a challege. Thanks dwacira for reading, commenting and for the vote.

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      Danson Wachira 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Very informative Patkay, i find the ribbon approach of a menu very useful especially because it presents all the available options to users at once. This would be very useful for the would be Office 7 users. Voted up and useful.

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      Sana R 

      7 years ago from Reading, England

      Really helpful tutorial about MS office review tap. It helped me in Compare documents option that I wasn't familiar. Thanks Patkay, for your free of cost MS office education.

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      Patrick Kamau 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      cyro, thanks for reading and approving this work. I am glad you liked it.

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      7 years ago

      great stuff.


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