How to Delete Comments in Word

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Want to clean up a Word document for publication? It’s time to remove the comments. Here’s how to delete comments in Word.

Do you want to work collaboratively on a document? You could think about using Microsoft Word to do it.

Word has a number of features that make it perfect for collaborative work, including the ability to recommend suggestions and add comments. If you don’t want to see these comments, however, you can delete them from your document.

Here’s what you’ll need to do to delete comments in Word.

How to Remove Comments in Word

Comments are notes you can add to a document in Word. These could be an editor’s note, reminding you to make a change. You can also use comments to remind yourself to change something in your document.

If you want to remove comments in Word, you can do so easily by following the steps below.

To remove comments in Word:

  1. Open your document in Word.
  2. Press Review on the ribbon bar.
  3. Cycle through your comments by pressing Next or Previous under the Comment section.
  4. To delete an individual comment, cycle through it until the comment is visible, then press Delete.
  5. To delete all comments in Word, press the downwards arrow next to the Delete button.
  6. In the drop-down menu, press Delete All Comments in Document.
    Delete comments in Word

How to Hide Comments in Word

If you’d prefer to hide comments in Word, rather than delete them, you can do it via the Review tab.

To hide comments in Word:

  1. Open your Word document.
  2. Press the Review tab on the ribbon bar.
  3. To hide comment messages (but leave the comment indicator icon), press the Show Comments option under the Comments section.
    Show comments in Word
  4. To hide comments completely (including the indicator icons), press No Markup under the Tracking section instead.
    No markup option in Word

By doing this, your comments will remain in your document, but won’t be visible while you’re making further changes.

How to Remove Tracked Changes in Word

Tracked changes are suggested changes, made by others, that you can incorporate into your Word document. As the name suggests, these are only suggestions—you can either approve the changes or reject them.

If you want, you can remove all of the tracked changes in a Word document.

To remove tracked changes in Word:

  1. Open your Word document.
  2. Select Review from the ribbon.
  3. Under the Changes section, press Next or Previous to cycle through each suggested change.
    Cycling through tracked changes in Word
  4. To accept any of the tracked changes, press Accept.
    Accepting a tracked change in Word
  5. To remove any of the tracked changes, press Reject.
    Deleting a tracked change in Word

Working Together in Microsoft Word

The steps above will help you to delete comments in Word, as well as remove any tracked changes you want to approve (or remove). This is just one way you can use Word to help create documents with your colleagues.

Want to do more together in Word? You might want to consider tracking your document editing times. If you’re creating documents for publication, consider adding a watermark to your document next.

New to Word? You might want to try out these top Word tips to help you improve your skills. You can also export your Google Docs documents to Word formats, too.

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