In Word 2019, what is the function ot the Editing box on the ribbon?

Deborah Thomas 20 Reputation points

When I open word, I see the tabs on the ribbon to the left at the top of the screen but all the way to the right I see three items, Comments, Editing (which has a drop down menu containing the following) and share

editing: make any changes, reviewing: suggest changes. viewing: reviewing the file but making no changes.

When would the edit function be used and how would it be activated. I have looked at several tutorials and it is not mentioned.


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  1. Jiajing Hua-MFST 5,945 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hi @Deborah Thomas

    Please refer to the blog: Easily switch between editing, reviewing, and viewing documents in Word

    The Editing button is used to switch back to normal, not use Reviewing or Viewing mode.

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  1. Stefan Blom 2,106 Reputation points MVP

    In most cases, you want the Editing mode to be active so that you can make changes as soon as you open your document.

    Is this Word on the web or the desktop version? Which operating system are you running?

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  2. Deborah Thomas 20 Reputation points

    Thanks! This is really helpful!

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