Filtering a Discussion

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 5, 2016)

If you work in an active office, you may notice that there could be many, many comments in a Word 2000 document discussion. (How you set up a discussion server was covered in other issues of WordTips.) You can filter comments to help make your review of information more manageable. For instance, you can specify that you only want to see comments created by a specific person, or that you want to only see comments that occurred within a particular timeframe.

To start filtering a discussion, follow these steps:

  1. Open the document that has the discussion you want to join.
  2. Click on the Discussions tool on the Discussions toolbar, and then click on Filter Discussions on the resulting menu. Word displays the Filter Discussions dialog box.
  3. Use the Created By drop-down list to select the name of the person whose comments you want to see.
  4. Use the Creation Time drop-down list to specify the time range for the comments you want to see.
  5. Click on OK. Word filters the document comments for you.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1404) applies to Microsoft Word 2000, 2002, and 2003.

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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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