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Leaving comments in a Word document is a good way to leave feedback on a piece you’re reviewing. If the issue you commented on has been resolved, you can remove the note to keep things looking clean. Here’s how.

How to Add Comments in Word

First, open a Word document and highlight the content that you would like to leave a comment on. Once selected, head over to the “Review” tab and select “New Comment”, which is found in the “Comments” group.

New comment in Review tab

Next, type the comment you would like to leave. That’s all there is to it. Repeat this step for as many comments as you need to leave in the piece.

How to Reply to Comments in Word

If you want to leave feedback on the comment that was already left, simply hover over the comment and click the “Reply” button.

Reply to a comment

Now, type out your reply and save the response.

Reply left on a comment

How to Delete or Resolve Comments in Word

Resolving a comment keeps the comment but shows it as “Resolved” so those collaborating on the piece can see the issue has been fixed. Deleting the comment removes it completely.

If you want other teammates to know an issue was dealt with, use “Resolve”. If you want to clean up some comments in the sidebar, use “Delete”.

To resolve a comment, hover over the comment and click the “Resolve” button.

Resolve a comment

The comment will remain in the sidebar, but it will be grayed out to show the comment has been resolved.

To delete a comment, right-click the item and select “Delete”.Delete Comment

Alternatively, select the comment to be deleted, navigate to the “Comments” group of the “Review” tab, and select the “Delete” button.

Delete Comment from ribbon

If you have a lot of comments in the Word document that you would like to delete all at once, select the arrow under “Delete” and then select the “Delete All Comments In Document” option.

Delete all comments in document

How to Reopen a Comment in Word

If a comment was previously marked as resolved but you need to leave further feedback, you can reopen the comment by right-clicking it and selecting “Reopen Comment”.

Reopen comment

This only works if the comment was marked as “Resolved” and not deleted.

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Marshall is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer based in Tokyo, Japan, runs VGKAMI and ITEnterpriser, and spends what little free time he has learning Japanese.
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