How to insert a comment in word document

Microsoft Word users can insert comment inside the document. This is useful when you want to provide some review comments or annotation with out making changes to the document. Word 2013 and Word 2010 users can insert comment by using the New Comment option available as part of the Review menu.

Add and delete comment in Word 2013 and Word 2010

add comments to word document in Word 2013 and Word 2010

Select the Word or sentence for which you want to insert a comment and click on the Review menu –> New Comment

Insert new comment in Word document

Add comment in Word 2013 and Word 2010

If you want to delete a comment, select the comment and click on the Review menu –> Delete Comment

Screenshot from Word 2013

Delete All Comments in Document

You also have option to clear all the comments in the document using Delete All Comments in Document. And if you want to quickly navigate between the comments then use the Previous and Next option available as part of Comments section.

Previous and Next Comment

Also See: Change the background colour of comment box in Word 2010

In Category: Office 2010, Office 2013, Word 2010, Word 2013

Ravi Shankar

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  • Katherine Lucas September 15, 2010, 12:07 am

    Yes, but how do you change the font and/or size within the comment?

  • dyobai January 12, 2011, 10:14 am

    this is great! i got it! thanks a lot!:)

  • melanie May 4, 2011, 8:33 am

    Every time in insert comment i have to deal with the name of the user showing up in a bold font. I would like to turn it all off and not have the bold feature used. It is annoying to delete that every time before typing my comment. Can it be done?

  • Lynn Taylor May 26, 2011, 6:20 pm

    When I insert a comment it inserts into a text box and the Drawing Ribbon becomes available. The balloons do not appear. Because the comment is in a text box the other comment buttons are disabled because it is not recognised as a comment.

  • Yvonne September 2, 2011, 10:37 pm

    Perfect answer. Thanks. Love the text box and use it a lot. Probably should have come here for the answer to the Word 2010 keyboard problem. It kept slipping back from Canadian English to symbols on the number keys and symbol keys were giving the wrong symbols.

  • Chris September 21, 2011, 12:14 am

    how do you change the background color of comments in Word 2010?

  • Ravi Shankar September 21, 2011, 1:49 pm
  • CNXTim June 29, 2012, 4:49 am

    since installing Google Cloud Connect to Word 2010 my Comments are automatically switched to hidden. I can work around this by selecting;
    Next Comment and checking the Unhide pop-up box, but is there any way to set this so GCC doesn’t interfere with my settings?

    I know Google apps are somewhat “brain dead” but they suit my end-users purpose.

    Congratulations BTW, very nice work here, clear and concise,

  • TomTinker August 3, 2012, 8:15 am

    When Word 2010 inserts a comment, it automatically selects a word(!), even though I had nothing selected when hitting the ‘insert comment’ button. I need to add comments for students like *you need a space here,* so the comment needs to point to a specific cursor point, not an entire word. How can I switch off automatic word selection when adding comments?

  • hank January 11, 2013, 8:53 pm

    when i add words to an exsisting document to update it the words i type in are in red not black like the exsisting? how do I change this?

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