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Copying, Moving, and Deleting Comments

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Copying, Moving, and Deleting Comments.

If you previously inserted comments into your document, using Word's Comment feature, and you want to duplicate one of them, you can use techniques you already know for copying regular text. To copy a comment, follow these steps:

  1. Highlight the comment mark in your document.
  2. Press Ctrl+C. The comment mark and the associated comment are copied to the Clipboard.
  3. Position the insertion point at the location where you want to copy the comment.
  4. Press Ctrl+V. The comment mark is inserted in your document, and the associated comment is added to your document.

If you want to move a comment to another location in your document (or even to another document), you can use techniques you already know for moving regular text. To move a comment, follow these steps:

  1. Highlight the comment mark for the comment you want to move.
  2. Press Ctrl+X. The comment mark and the associated comment are removed from your document and copied to the Clipboard.
  3. Position the insertion point at the location where you want the comment moved.
  4. Press Ctrl+V. The comment mark is inserted in your document, and the associated comment is again added to the document.

To remove a comment from your document, follow these steps:

  1. Highlight the comment mark in your document.
  2. Press either Del or Ctrl+X.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1181) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Copying, Moving, and Deleting Comments.

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Comments for this tip:

Steve    17 Jun 2015, 04:33
I am searching for a solution and this is NOT it!!
I need to be able to get something before a comment place as the first character in a document. The 'comment mark' is not surrounding anything and is therefore zero length.
It is just ().
I need to be able to get text before it, but nothing will push it down the page and I cannot cut it out.
Rob    29 May 2014, 17:24
I thought it was impossible to move an existing comment until I read this. I had no idea there was such a thing as a "comment mark" that could be moved. It took me a minute to figure out that you cannot see comment marks if you view comments in balloons. you have to change options to "never" use balloons in order to see them. THEN you can move a comment.
 
 

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