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: Getting Rid of "Comment" in Comments.

Getting Rid of "Comment" in Comments

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 27, 2016)

When Janet inserts a comment into a document, the comment balloon appears at the right side of the document, as it should. Within that balloon is the word "Comment," after which she can type her comment. Jane would like to remove the word "Comment" from the balloon, or perhaps replace it with text of her choosing.

Unfortunately, you cannot get rid of the word "Comment," nor can you change it. It seems that the text is hard-coded into the Word program. Various WordTips subscribers even looked for ways to resize the word (in an effort to make it vanishingly small), but with no success.

Sorry, Janet!

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10469) 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: Getting Rid of "Comment" in Comments.

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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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