When we editors are faced with editing in presentation software, we don’t get Track Changes and other helpful features we’re used to having in Word. Showing the writer what changes we’ve made is a challenge, and checking that changes were handled correctly becomes a nightmare.
We could manually format the text to look like Track Changes has made the edits, but that leaves the writer to vet those font changes manually and face the ongoing problem of copyfitting during revision. With SharePoint (part of the Microsoft Office suite of programs), you can track changes made to a PowerPoint presentation by different authors. But few editors or writers use SharePoint.
There is hope for the rest of us in the form of the Compare function on PowerPoint’s Review ribbon. The writer needs a little knowledge, but walking them through the process isn’t too hard—especially if they are comfortable working with tracked changes in Word.
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