Microsoft Word for Windows and Mac automatically tracks total editing time of documents. Here’s where to find it.
You probably didn’t know this, but Word 2016 and above has a great feature for tracking how much time is spent creating or editing a document. I only discovered it recently and instantly thought of legal and writer types who need to keep track of billable time. I personally use it to help me prioritize and adjust how much time is dedicated to authoring and editing certain documents at any one time. Anyway, here’s how it works and where to find the feature.
Find Time Spent Editing Microsoft Word Documents
The total Editing time keeps track of how long you have the document open, not when it’s actively edited. Keep this in mind as you begin paying more attention to it.
You can find the editing time on a document in multiple ways. For Word on Windows, click the File Menu > Info tab in Backstage. Under the Properties column, it will list the “Total Editing Time.” In my document below, it shows 682 minutes.
Another location is the Properties box of the file.
Right-click the file in File Explorer > Properties > Details tab. Scroll down to Total editing time to view the details.
Find Total Editing Time for Microsoft Word on Mac
Open the document, Click File > Properties.
Select the Statistics tab to view the total editing time. The Finder does not support this option, so you will always have to open Word for Mac to view it.
You might be wondering, what about other Microsoft Office files. Unfortunately, this feature is limited to Microsoft Word. I searched through Excel and Powerpoint, but it appears Microsoft left it out in those apps.
How to find Total Editing Time with Libre Office
At Groovypost, we are equal opportunity technologists, so here’s a bonus for Linux systems too. Users of the open-source operating system are limited to the Libre Office open-source productivity suite. The bundled word processor includes a total editing time feature, too. Open your Libre Writer document, click File > Properties > General tab.
Let us know what you think. Do you find this feature helpful or more of a thin line between privacy invasion as I heard some describe it?