Add comments in Word margin

How to add comments in the margin with Word, i.e. a visible remark in the margin? This Word tip applies to versions 2007, 2010, 2013 and also to more recent Word versions. Like Word 2016 or Office 365. To highlight certain passages and insert visible comments in the margin of a document it can be time consuming and tedious to find the options. Follow the guide to insert word comments.

1. How and why add comments in the margin with Word?

It is common practice in companies to allow colleagues to add very specific comments on a part of the document shared within a team. Especially when reviewing a document. This is possible with Word which is part of the Office 365 suite. To make comments on an Office document, you can add a comment in the margin with Word via these two possible options:

2. Insert marginal comments in Word via the insert and comments menu

From the “Insert” menu, then “Comments”, you can insert your comment!

Add comments in Word margin
Add comments in Word margin

3. Use a shortcut to add Word comments in the margin

To insert the comment even faster with the keyboard shortcut.

Shortcut to add a comment: CTRL + ALT + M

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4. Hide Word comments when printing documents

Here are the steps to follow to hide Word comments when printing a document. This trick allows you to simply hide a Word comments after an insert.

  • When printing, click on File, then Print.
  • In the Settings section, click on the arrow.
  • Simply uncheck the Print Markup option.

5. How to delete a Word comment ?

To completely delete a Word comment in a document, navigate to the comments section:

  • Go to Insert then Comments.
  • Select the comment in question and delete the comment text.
  • Then close the comment section and open it again. The Word comment is deleted.

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