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Word: Delete all comments at once

December 1, 2011

You can delete all comments in a Word document at once. Why you would want to do that under normal circumstances is another matter, but perhaps, like me, you’re doing some testing on an existing document and you want to accept all track changes and delete all comments so that you’ve got a ‘clean’ copy to work on.

BEWARE: Deleting all comments does exactly that — it deletes them. Forever. As soon as you save the document, those comments are gone, so if you’re hesitant about taking this action, make a copy of the document first and work on the copy.

Here’s how to delete all comments at once in Word 2007 and later:

  1. Go to the Review tab > Comments group.
  2. Click the drop-down arrow to the right of Delete.
  3. Select Delete All Comments in Document.
Delete all comments in Word 2007 and later

Delete all comments in Word 2007 and later

And here’s how in Word 2003:

  1. Display the Reviewing toolbar, if it’s n0t already displayed (View > Toolbars > Reviewing).
  2. Click the drop-down arrow to the immediate right of the Reject icon.
  3. Select Delete All Comments in Document.
Delete all comments in Word 2003

Delete all comments in Word 2003

7 comments

  1. One thing I’d like to see in Word is a way to protect certain comments from being accidently deleted by users who don’t work with markers on!


  2. Hi Joan

    Good idea. It’s too easy for someone without the markers turned on to delete text that has a comment attached. Maybe a warning on deletion? Something like ‘Your selection has a comment attached. [Link to show the comment].’

    Of course, warnings like this are a pain to navigate if you’re making lots of deletions and really don’t need those comments any more.

    –Rhonda


  3. Thanks!


  4. Great work……


  5. There are many occasions when you’d want to delete all comments. For example, right now I’m preparing a proposal that will go to people higher up for sign off. I’m not going to overwhelm them by sending them a document containing hundreds of comments they don’t need to know about.


  6. Really really saved me


  7. Thanks For information



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