Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Comments in Endnotes.

Comments in Endnotes

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 22, 2014)


Pat noted that she can add comments throughout her document, except in endnotes. When she tries, the commands and tools to enter comments are inaccessible. Pat is wondering if there is a way to get around this and actually add comments in the endnotes of her document.

The short answer is that there is no way; Word doesn't allow you to add comments to either footnotes or endnotes. There are a couple workarounds you can use, however. One is to actually insert your comment in the main portion of your document, right next to your footnote or endnote reference.

The second workaround is to use the COMMENT field to add your comment. This field can be inserted just fine in endnotes. Just insert a pair of field braces (by pressing Ctrl+F9), type the word COMMENT and then place your comment within quote marks, in this manner:

{ COMMENT "This is my comment" }

When you collapse the field, so that only its result is showing, the comment appears next to the endnote in Page Layout (Print Layout) view. Comments inserted this way are handled just a bit differently than regular comments, however, as they will not appear in any markup list that you may create or view.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (13033) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Comments in Endnotes.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2015-07-29 01:27:08

Charles R.

Just realized the correct command is:
{ COMMENTs "This is my comment." }

The "s" was missing in COMMENT.

This doesn't look like a Comment as the ones in the Review tab do. And when Delete All Comments is selected, this code still stays as is. If there was a way to make the balloon I posted in the previous comment to stick even when not hovered over, that might look better! Any ideas?

2015-07-29 00:58:45

Charles R.

This did not work for me. COMMENT doesn't seem to be the correct Field Code command to use. The only thing I could find that worked was this: { AutoTextList "Word seen" s NoStyle t "Balloon Word" }
But the comment only appeared if hovering over the word.

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