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Comment Dates Updated Inappropriately

Sheryl uses Word 2003 and has noticed that when several reviewers insert comments into a document, the date associated with the comment changes for all reviewers as each new comment is added. She wonders if there is a way to prevent Word from updating all comment dates in this manner.

We were not able to reproduce this behavior. The date associated with a comment on our systems remained constant, according to when the comment was entered. This made us question whether the date being updated was actually a date that was inserted within the comment, perhaps as a field that is automatically updated. (If a macro is being used to add comments, it is possible for the macro to add the field-based date automatically.)

If this date is not based on a field, but is indeed the date assigned to the comment by Word, then we could find no reason why there would be a change to it. (And we could find nothing in the Microsoft Knowledgebase on the issue, either.)

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