Track Changes and Comments

When using Word track changes and comments when collaborating on Word documents. Track changes in Word to ensure error-free files.


Sometimes you may want to add a comment to provide feedback instead of editing a document. While it's often used in combination with Track Changes, you don't necessarily need to have Track Changes turned on to use comments.

To add comments:

  1. Highlight some text, or place the insertion point where you want the comment to appear.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting text
  2. From the Review tab, click the New Comment command.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Clicking the New Comment command
  3. Type your comment. When you're done, you can close the comment box by pressing the Esc key or by clicking anywhere outside the comment box.Screenshot of Word 2013Adding a comment

You can also respond to an existing comment. Just click the Reply button and type your response.

Screenshot of Word 2013Replying to a comment

To delete comments:

  1. Select the comment you want to delete.
    Screenshot of Word 2013Selecting a comment to delete
  2. From the Review tab, click the Delete command.
    Screenshot of Excel 2013Clicking the Delete command
  3. The comment will be deleted.
    Screenshot of Word 2013After deleting the comment

To delete all comments, click the Delete drop-down arrow and select Delete All Comments in Document.

Screenshot of Word 2013Deleting all comments