Final Showing Markup vs Final Markup

Posted on August 22, 2010

With the release of Office 2007 we found quite a few users reporting a very annoying "Final Markup Showing"  in Word 2007  after an upgrade from 2003. The issue is fairly simple. Microsoft Word has several features to assist you with tracking changes to your documents. By default Word shows all of these changes. These markups are also extended to anyone who opens the document.

This VBA macro will make MS Word start up in "Final" as opposed to "Final Showing Markup."

Just dump these lines into a module in your Normal template (hit ALT+F11 to start up the Visual Basic Editor, right click modules under the -Normal- directory and add a Module). Since the name of this sub is "AutoOpen," it will execute whenever you open a document.

''''''''' VB Start '''''''''
Sub AutoOpen()
With ActiveWindow.View
.ShowRevisionsAndComments = False
.RevisionsView = wdRevisionsViewFinal
End With
CommandBars("Reviewing").Visible = False
'''OPTIONAL: previous line turns off Reviewing toolbar
End Sub
''''''''' VB End '''''''''