by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 18, 2019)
If, for some reason, you don't like the Comment feature in Word, one alternative is that you can place comments into your document using callouts. These are special text boxes that have a small "tail" that you can point to different locations on your document. Callouts are most closely related to the thought or speech bubbles you see used in comic strips all the time.
To use callouts in your document, do the following:
Once placed in your document, you can move the callout around as necessary using the same techniques you would use with any other graphic object. If it bothers you that the callout appears over the top of existing text (and thereby obscures it), you could make sure that you have larger margins set on the document and then make sure the callout balloons are placed within the margins of the document.
Since it can get tedious to repeatedly place callouts in a document, you may want to copy a blank callout to the Clipboard (select it and press Ctrl+C), from where you can paste it anywhere else you need it in your document (simply press Ctrl+V).
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