How to insert, edit, and delete a comment in Microsoft Word

Updated: 08/03/2018 by Computer Hope

A comment in a Word document is useful when needing to make note of something that requires attention or needs fixed, or provide additional information to others reading the document.

Comment in Microsoft Word 2016

To insert, edit, and delete a comment in Microsoft Word, select from the list of actions below for help and instructions.

Insert a new comment

To insert a new commend in a Word document, follow the steps below for your version of Microsoft Word.

Microsoft Word 2013 and later versions

  1. Using your mouse, place the text cursor where you want to insert the comment. You can also highlight one or more words to set a comment specifically for that highlighted text.
  2. In the Ribbon menu, click the Insert tab.
  3. On the Insert tab, click the Comment option in the Comments group.
  4. The new comment will be added to the document. On the right side of the document, the comment is visible. Click in the comment to enter the desired text.

Insert Comment in Microsoft Word 2016

Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010

  1. Using your mouse, place the text cursor where you want to insert the comment. You can also highlight one or more words to set a comment specifically for that highlighted text.
  2. In the Ribbon menu, click the Review tab.
  3. On the Review tab, click the New Comment option.
  4. The new comment will be added to the document. On the right side of the document, the comment is visible. Click in the comment to enter the desired text.

Microsoft Word 2003 and earlier versions

  1. Using your mouse, place the text cursor where you want to insert the comment. You can also highlight one or more words to set a comment specifically for that highlighted text.
  2. In the menu at the top of the Microsoft Word program window, click Insert.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, click the Comment option.

Edit a comment

To edit a comment in a Microsoft Word document, follow the steps below.

  1. In the Microsoft Word document, find the comment you want to edit.
  2. The comment should be visible on the right side of the document. Click in the comment and edit the text for that comment.

Delete a comment

To delete a comment in a Microsoft Word document, follow the steps below.

  1. In the Microsoft Word document, find the comment you want to delete.
  2. Using your mouse, place the text cursor over the comment on the right side of the document.
  3. Right-click with your mouse and select the Delete Comment option in the pop-up menu that appears.

Delete Comment in Microsoft Word

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