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How to Track Changes in Google Docs

Lawyers love the “track changes” feature in Microsoft Word. I suspect we’re the primary people that feature was intended to help. It’s one of the many benefits of the rich feature set of the fully developed products offered by Microsoft (some call it “fully developed”; others call it “bloat”).

The lack of a track changes equivalent in Google Docs has made some lawyers reluctant to shift over to the cloud for creating documents. That has been a shame because it’s so easy to share and collaborate on documents stored on Google Docs. The Google Apps platform is all about collaboration.

TextFlow is a new product from Nordic River for tracking edits in Google Docs. You can get it in the Google Apps Marketplace. I’ve tried it, and it works. It’s free for light users and $29 for a premium license.

Nordic River is a Swedish company doing innovative things with text. Its products are also available for use with Microsoft Word and with Interesting, innovative, progressive—that’s good stuff for us.

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Lee Rosen

Lee Rosen has practiced family law for more than twenty years. With four offices, Rosen Law Firm serves Raleigh, Charlotte, Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Rosen served as the Law Practice Management Editor of the ABA Family Advocate for more than a decade and received the ABA James Keane Award for excellence in eLawyering. He served as Chair of the Law Practice Management Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, is a frequent speaker and is often sought out by the media as a source of family law insight and commentary.