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Restore (to Word for Mac 2016) ability to hide "reviewer, time stamp" in comment balloons

In Word for Mac 2011, I could set my Preferences > Reviewing to hide the reviewer, time stamp, and action buttons in comment balloons. I liked this because I am a writing teacher and I make a lot of comments. With my name and the time stamp on ever one, it takes up too much space, often spilling past the margins and into a sidebar or a bottom-bar.

In Word for Mac 2016, this function is removed, and I really need it back. Please. It's a simple little checkbox. I and my students are severely inconvenienced by this. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please restore this function! To fully preserve anonymity during peer review, I need to not only to eliminate my name but the timestamp. Working times, and for that matter, time zones, would point some colleagues to me as the reader of a document,

  • Petar Živanić commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1 - I'm a translator and often have to review/edit/update translations in Word, and the ability to make my edits and comments anonymously without affecting other reviewers is a much-needed feature.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes please!!! I'm the only one making comments on the document, and having my name in every single box is distracting and unnecessary

  • Mrs Midlands commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes please! I am disappointed to find out this has been removed. In blind peer review - we need time and name etc. removed. Also at times I don't want my colleagues to know when I am working. Please reinstate this asap.... Thank you.
    I am also annoyed you are making me subscribe to product updates email list - why do I have to subscribe to this in order to be able tell you a way in which you can improve your product?

  • Louise commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, please!! I'm a teacher in a graduate writing program. I make lengthy comments on my students' manuscripts, and as I am the ONLY one reviewing each paper, removing the time stamp and my name would de-clutter everything and allow more space for helpful critique.

  • Nathan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We should have the ability to turn on or off any part of the "Track Changes". Some people can't have their names for privacy reasons. Some find that allowing others to know what date the changes where made or what time (usually because it's embarrassingly late) is something they need to avoid. I often have to change the date/time on my computer when I'm working on a document just to get around this problem. (and if I forget, it's a lot of cutting and pasting so something like a 3:00am time stamp doesn't show up. Haha). It seems like a super easy feature to implement even if it isn't often used.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm a professional editor and don't want the timestamp on my comments. This is really, really bad and frustrating. Please give us a way to remove the timestamp! Thanks

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm an academic and I need to make anonymous reviewer's comments on a peer reviewed article. Please reinstall "The ability to turn off the author name and time stamp for comments on Office 2016 MAC."

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I teach writing, too; same problem for me! Here's my work around: I went to Word>preferences>user information and in "Name" I entered a hyphen. When you insert a comment, it still adds a line for your name, but the name just says "-"

  • Jackson007 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    But I do still want to have my name on the comment or tracked change - just not the time associated with it.

  • Jackson007 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I do not want my clients or the counter-party to an agreement to know how long I spent editing or looking at the document/agreement. There should be an option to remove the time stamp associated with a comment or tracked change.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am editor of double blind peer review journal and I absolutely need to remove personal information from reviewers comments so that I can send back anonymously to the author. Bring it back and let us know how to install.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You need to return the ability to turn off the author name and time stamp for comments. It has been removed from Office 2016 MAC. Why? There is no good reason to remove this option.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My problem is exactly the opposite. I want time stamp back as a standard feature. I write comments but no date or time stamps appear.

  • Shprudel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm absolutely with the first commenter: "With my name and the time stamp on ever one, it takes up too much space, often spilling past the margins and into a sidebar or a bottom-bar." It drives me crazy!! Thanks for considering this restoration.

  • Anna commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, please bring back this feature! I often do checking of manuscripts for people, and by going through my changes at the end I could just add the minutes I spent working on a document and knew how much time to charge them for! I am seriously inconvenienced by the lack of this feature.
    Thanks!

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