Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Deleting All Comments.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 5, 2015)
When writing and editing a document, it is not uncommon to add comments throughout the document. This is particularly true if you are writing a "team" document, where several people have responsibility for different parts of the document.
When you are through working on the document, you may want a way to get rid of all the comments at once. One easy way to do this is to follow these steps:
Depending on how complex the comments are in your document, the above approach may not get rid of all the comments. This is particularly true if you have Track Changes turned on, and the document has gone through much iteration with lots of comments, some with Track Changes in place and some not. If you discover problems, or if you routinely have many, many comments to delete, you may want to consider creating a very short macro to get rid of comments. The following macro will delete all the comments in a document:
Sub RemoveComments() ActiveDocument.DeleteAllComments End Sub
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