Option to turn off Modern Comments
Please, please give the option to turn off the new modern comments update! I use redline and comments for work all the time in contract negotiations and its such a poor update and not user friendly at all.
- no formatting means I can't highlight comments to go back to which haven't been dealt with or to flag to a colleague
- it's hard to tell what text a comment relates to
- the comments disappear when you scroll so it's hard to find the one you want
Please let there be an option to turn it off, it's really a lot worse than it was before!
Eldritch Man commented
Just dreadful. I'm an editor, and this has just about doubled my work time per document. Please provide an option to go back to the old style of commenting. It shouldn't be difficult at all to program in that option.
This is an 'improvement' that was implemented with only one user group in mind - enterprises that collaborate in real time across a single domain. It ignores people who work alone and use comments for reminders rather than as an alternative to sending messages; it ignores people who collaborate with others in different domains and so must email documents back and forth; it ignores the education sector - professors who critique students, reviewers who critique academics, and peers who critique one another; and it ignores the entire editing profession.
Just like Windows 8, Microsoft has come up with a wonderful improvement for one small set of users and then imposed it on everyone, making the user experience better for a small minority and worse for everyone else.
I agree with the others. I'm an editor, and I use comments every day, for every document I work on. This update makes using Track Changes a lot harder, and I can't wait for it to go away. If it doesn't, I'll try to transition to using other systems when possible.
Please give the option to turn it off. It takes far longer to use these than the previous version.
Outraged user commented
This "upgrade" to modern comments represents a severe degradation of functionality for my editing business. Please maintain 100% compatibility with the old comments function and make installing modern comments optional.
For the time being, I have disabled Word updates to prevent installation of Modern Comments. If Microsoft insists on shoving this down my throat, I will have to consider changing to either an old version of Word (perhaps no longer supported) or a product from one of your competitors.
This update has not reached me yet, but reading this really scares me. I don't understand why you spend energy "improving" something that functions just fine. Please don't do this to me. My job consists for 90% of editing and collaborative writing and I am pretty happy with the way things are. Did you ever consider interviewing users on what they'd like? Please feel free to join me for a week to see what kinds of things I run across so you can actually improve things, and not just changing them for the sake of changing them. I am really dreading this update
Agreed. This has been an absolute nightmare. If I'm done with a comment and then try to leave another one pages later, I immediately skip back to the old one and lose my place. It's a huge productivity hit.
Grace Bridges commented
Agreed. Waste of screen space. I work one-on-one giving feedback, so the multi-user realtime aspect is a chore and totally unnecessary. Please let us put it back how it was.
Similar to what others have said, my issues with these "modern" comments are primarily:
1. The comments are no longer integrated into the changes tracked, so I miss comments by trying to go to the next edit or I miss edits by just moving to the next comment. I just want to be able to page through them at the same time and it is SO MUCH more tedious now! It's awful.
2. I don't want to have to push "send" at the end of typing a comment. I work on my documents alone. I don't need that extra gatekeeping step (which I'm assuming is useful if I want to be able to go back and confirm a comment before making it visible to others). I just want what I type to be there as a comment. Forgetting to push send has caused confusion where the program keeps forcing me back to "unsent" comments and I lose the place that I had moved on to work on.
It is a severe problem for user using that old function. Microsoft should allow us to choose with style of comment that we need because not everyone can exploits the benefit from modern style. I find the way to go back to old version but I definitely can't. This problem need to be solved fast.
Autocorrect (which is mentioned here) - starting maybe two years ago in Word, the ability to add an auto-correct entry just by clicking the right-key on the mouse is gone. There is no longer an easy way to add an auto-correct entry. Please bring it back.
Please, I need this to be gone. Aside from the sheer unrelenting irritation that has made me shun all things Word, this not getting any real work done, modern comments is inefficient. I edit. I return the document. I don’t converse! I don’t @ anyone. I also need my comments to be free of spelling and punctuation errors. But once I’ve posted it (why?) I can’t just fix a small error. I have to edit it! So much not to like about this schlmozzle.
Please provide a roll back.
Suis-je la seule Française touchée par cette énormité ? Les nouveaux commentaires m'ont ralentie mon travail de 75 % début mai, j'ai enlevé les mises à jour et suis revenue à une version antérieure pour pouvoir avancer. Mais je paie ! J'exige une option et de pouvoir enregistrer automatiquement mon travail là où je le souhaite et non pas dans un cloud qui ne me sert à rien.
Les éditeurs ne souhaitent pas commenter les romans en direct avec les auteurs, ils veulent des corrections réfléchies et relues, donc des commentaires posés.
Please let us roll back. This is destroying my life all by itself.
In our publishing work, we don't need a WhatsApp for Word approach, we need what we already had. Please at least allow us to turn this new 'feature' off rather than forcing us to revert to a previous version which in order to maintain necessitates turning off updates entirely.
Nick Hunn commented
Running this collaboratively with a team using laptops and Teams or Webex is a nightmare. It wastes still more screen space and makes it really difficult to associate a comment with the highlighted text at a size that is visible when shared.
For more complicated documents it's often useful to work on multiple comments at the same time, but that's no longer possible.
It feels this has been designed by someone with little experience of using comments at any sort of scale, and who has no idea that others might not have 30" + screens. Please let those of us who need to use comments professionally revert back to something that works.
I have multiple Teams logins for different clients - the idea that I might accidentally message the wrong person with a comment is seriously worrying. There is nothing good about this new functionality
Lots more comments and detailed reasons for why Modern Comments are not going down well at https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-blog/introducing-modern-comments-in-microsoft-word/ba-p/2263182
For me, basic formatting (superscript/subscript) in comments is essential, plus MathType.
Modern Comments is now also overly biased towards online collaboration, which is not necessarily a requirement for a very large number of users (professional pre-press publishing, legal work, etc.) -- and indeed more of a hindrance when the new functionality interferes with workflow.
For me, not being able to use MathType in comments is just as big an issue.