New Word feature: Review mode in Word for the web prevents unintended edits

MC209728, Stay Informed, Published date: Apr 17, 2020

Your end users will soon be able to share Word for the web documents in Review mode, which limits recipients to adding comments or leaving tracked changes in the document. 

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 27017.When will this happen

  • We’ll be gradually rolling this out to standard release tenants in late April.
  • The rollout will be completed by the end of May.

How does this affect me?

When people share documents with Open in review mode only selected, recipients who open the document in Word for the web will be limited to adding comments or leaving tracked changes in the document. This can help prevent unintended edits to the document.

Link settings

People who open the document in the Word desktop app instead of on the web will only be able to view the document. They’ll see a notification to switch to Word for the web if they want to make changes.

With this feature, file owners can have more control over new edits, and only file owners can accept or reject changes made by other people. If someone else leaves suggestions in the document, they’ll be able to reject their own changes but can’t accept or reject someone else’s changes.