How can I number my comments in word 2013?
This feature should be back as soon as possible in next update. :)
Grégoire Ludo commented
As a writer of educational books, the numbering of comments is an essential feature. I regret updating my Office/Word for Mac. The communication with my co-writer, the illustrator and the editor about the text has become extremely difficult. Please bring back this feature asap.
mr drs Ludo Grégoire, Leiden.
This has been 'Under Review' for YEARS!!! JUST FIX IT PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Removing this vital feature (and not telling anyone so we all waste hours digging around online, only to eventually figure out it is gone) should be a business school case study in execrable decision-making. Does anyone at Microsoft actually use Word in a professional, collaborative context?
I note that there are at least *three other threads* requesting the same action.
Removing comment numbers is very harmful to my work. What were you thinking??
Ahmad Ibrahim commented
Also Office Word 2016 has no comment numbering feature!
Very important feature that makes no sense why it was removed in the first place.
You can't, you're screwed, MS removed this feature. You can add some numbering back by jumping through hoops but it works inconsistently and will NOT work when you work with the document from OTHER users.
Microsoft please listen to your customers and bring this feature back asap. Virtually impossible to edit a book (with hundreds of comments!) without it. Very disappointed that Office 365 doesn't allow me to number comments.
Rex Balboa commented
A crucial element of reviewing a document, i.e. "Please review comments number 5 and 70 and get back to me."
I do not understand the rationale behind getting rid of the comment numbering. Some people may not have found it to be useful, but it certainly wouldn't have had any negative impact. Meanwhile, many users had gotten used to this feature or relied on this feature. Why get rid of something that was beneficial, or at the least, just neutral?
Just upgraded to Office 2016 and getting several calls from associates regarding the "numbering" is missing from Comments. User don't want to have to work in DraftView to see the numbering. Any idea why this was removed and will this feature be brought back in a next update/release.
Anthony Ha commented
Numbered comment bubbles definitely need to be added back. It's nice to see full names, but for technical documents passed among many hands with numerous comments, we need a more precise way to track comments. It's strange that this feature would be entirely removed from Print view in newer versions of Word. At the very least, it should be a selectable option.
Robert Nielsen commented
I have recently updated from Office 2003 to Office 365. One of the problems that I am having with Word 2016 is inserting comments and having them sequentially numbered. With Office 2003 when I inserted a comment, a sequential number would be assigned to the comment. This comment number would appear in the column on the right side of the screen with a line into the body of the Word file highlighting the words where the comment was inserted.
Then, if I came back and edited the 2003 Word file by adding additional comments anywhere in the body of the text file each of the following comment numbers would be incremented.
With Word 2016 using the Print Layout and the Web Layout formats I now get something similar to the Office 2003 formats, but neither of these Word 2016 formats show the comment numbers nor do they tie them back to the Word file text to show the area where the comments should go to when printing the 2016 Word file.
With Word 2016 the only way to get the sequential comment numbering to appear is in the Draft format, but this does not show the actual comment.
I found this Office 2003 feature extremely useable as it allowed me to coordinate each of these Word 2003 comments with the corresponding Power Point slide number.
How do I do this with Office 365 / Word 2016?
I agree with everyone here, as I've said on various related posts, including my own. And I also agree with "Angry" regarding the method of collecting these comments. Why not streamline this process and make searching for the thread easier to avoid these duplicate comments on the same topic?
And PLEASE put the numbering system back into the comments.
I am missing numbered comments to the point where I am considering rolling back to 2010. If I have a document with over 100 comments I need to be able to refer back to them by number, e.g. See Comment D45 and Commment D92. Also, why is the right-hand screen margin wider now? I have to keep relocating my screen back over the main page :(
I agree - When editing a document with many comments it´s impossible to navigate, when the numbers are missing.
Numbers on comments makes it possible to make a reference to a specific comment - right now it's impossible
It is so stupid that comment numbering can only be seen in a printed document (who prints documents these days?) or in a print view, where editing is impossible. But a picture of the reviewer (annoying, narcisisstic, useless) can now be seen by default.Clearly people with no editing experience who spent most of their time exhibiting their private particulars on facebook made the decision to remove comment. The suggested workaround is so lame (changing the text style) and it doesn't work because once you hit 'enter' a new number appears in the same comment!
This entire system of comment collection is rather primitive. you now have lots of threads going for this topic. They could be collected in a more systematic way:
Microsoft word 2013 --> reviewing --> comment -->numbering
I TOTALLY agree. Why did Microsoft get rid of this nifty feature of numbering the individual comments in the comments box on the side? As an editor and grant writer, I use track changes a lot on proposals and it's very handy to be able to refer to a previous comment--perhaps 2 pages earlier-- in the same document.
not looking for any work around, we need exactly that feature back asap.