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What are your tips for most efficient contract review in Word? I want to keep a register all of the changes I’ve accepted and rejected while going back and forth with the customer’s legal team. One trick I’ve seen is to highlight the section, copy, switch off tracking, cut the section, switch tracking back on and then insert. Seems like there has to be an easier way besides manually documenting. Thoughts?

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I might be misunderstanding, so apologies if this isn’t helpful. I save “clean copies” of every draft as a new document. Same title, same format, but with a YYYY.MM.DD [Our Side” or “Other Side”] draft format in the filename, so the drafts are easy to sort by chronological order and know whose draft was whose. Then with each new draft, I can run two or three “compare docs” redlines (in Word tracked changes, or PDF if using a compare docs software tool): an incremental redline against the other side’s most recent draft (so everything I’m not accepting of their latest changes) and a cumulative redline against my original draft (so I can see everything I’ve given/conceded over the whole process). That system allows me to run any redlines I want against any prior versions I want. Then when I send across to the other side, I include a clean copy and at least one helpful redline (usually against their last draft). That may not be what you’re asking, so I apologize if I misunderstood and that’s not helpful. Either way, good luck!

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SC1 all the way. Though I usually put the date at the end for drafts and at the beginning for executed copies (just so I can "clump" documents by title while I'm drafting).

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Every time I open a document I think I might edit, I immediately save it with a current timestamp addending the filename. It at least gives me snapshots of where things were when I started a review. If you want to be more extreme, always "save as" with a timestamp - I never just save over a previous copy. All that being said, best practices probably dictate going through and deleting all your draft versions with regularity, so don't give yourself too much work.

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