by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 24, 2018)
Phyllis has been using the Comments tab (on the Review tab of the ribbon) to correct student papers for her class. She wonders if there is a way to change the default font style and size for the comments.
As with many other formatting-related issues in Word, you can control how your comments appear based on built-in styles. Change the way the style is defined, and you change how your comments appear.
To change how the text in your comments are formatted, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Style Pane Options dialog box.
Figure 2. The Modify Style dialog box for the Comment Text style.
At this point, any comments in your document should reflect whatever formatting you specified in step 10.
There are, in reality, three different styles you may want to modify, following the same steps as just outlined. These styles control different elements of the comments:
Some readers also reported that you could change the Balloon Text style and it would affect how comments are displayed. This may be true in some versions of Word, but it is not true in the latest versions—modifying the Balloon Text style has no effect on how your comments are displayed.
When all is said and done, the shortest answer to Phyllis' question is to change the Comment Text style to reflect how you want the comments to appear.
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