How to show tracked changes in a master document?


I am trying very, very hard not to have to do this in Word, because I don’t like using Word until I run the writing aids on my text (e.g. Grammarly, ProWritingAid, etc.).

Having said that…

I have a Master document with a bunch ODT files. I want to edit all the files independently but I need to track the changes so my editor can see them.

My editor uses Word. So…

I would like to export the master document as a single file that includes all of the tracked changes. I tested this on one small sub-document with small changes and when I export to a single ODT document, all the tracked changes disappear. In fact, they don’t even appear in the master document.

Other than creating a big document containing all the text (which makes it very difficult to use my writing aid tools), is there a way to accomplish what I want?

Basically I want to:

  • Work on chapters individually
  • Track changes
  • Put all my chapters in a single document with the tracked changes visible
  • Export to Word (I’m assuming it will keep the tracked changes



P.S. FWIW, I’m trying to use the Master Document feature in WOrd. It shows the tracked changes, but for reasons that escape me, when I try to insert a document in the master document, it fails 90-95% of the time. :frowning:

It might be better for your editor to install (even portable version of) LibreOffice. LO master documents are stable and don’t corrupt the underlying documents

MS Word master documents don’t have a good reputation. Why master documents corrupt