Instead, I use Microsoft Word’s “Comments” and “Track Changes” features. If you’ve never used them before, you can find them under the “Review” Tab at the top of your Microsoft Word screen. If you use an older version of Word, just look through your tabs for the “Review” section until you find it.
With the Comments feature, you highlight a word or sentence you want to discuss and then press the New Comment button and a bubble will pop up beside the main document where you can leave your observation. I’ve found this feature indispensable. It keeps the story itself unsullied and clear of comments. It makes it easier to read, both as the person giving the critique and as the author. If you want to move between comments or delete one, the buttons are right there and easy to use. I use this feature quite a bit in my own documents—it helps me keep track of questions or comments I have about my story.
The second Word feature I mentioned is Track Changes. This one is a bit trickier to use. Before you start to critique a piece, hit the Track Changes button. If you’re reading and you come across an error of some kind, you can fix it and it will appear red to show the author what you changed. I’ve also used this feature to show an author other sentence structure options. The best part is that the stuff you deleted or changed appears in a bubble on the side so the author can see exactly what you did.
So there you have it! That's how I critique =)
Do you guys use one of the techniques I mentioned? Why? Do any of you use Comments or Track Changes?
*If you are interested in trying out these features but need more help or would like me to clarify something, just let me know!*