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Comment Numbers

Please bring back the comment numbers to Word. I am a professor with a cerebral palsy, and I dictate all my comments for my students. I used to be able to say "comment 1, comment 2, etc." for my transcriber to easily follow my dictations. Now, I have to physically add each comment number to ensure that the correct comment goes in the correct box. By removing the comment numbers, it is now much more laborious of a task to comment on my student's papers. Please bring this feature back!

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  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This has been 'Under review' for YEARS..since 2016..will this be FIXED?? Please do something here Microsoft..we are crippled without this feature!

  • JN commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If I may say so, the total removal of this feature is exceedingly stupid and, given that some people would desert Word over it, were it not for lack of good competition, cynical.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please advise how long it will take to "look into it." Lack of comment numbering greatly reduces productivity. Workarounds work, but are unacceptable as a replacement and do nothing to increase productivity.

  • Ben commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, loss of numbering is a major issue. My current edit has 330 comments, how the heck can i find them now???

  • [Deleted User] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As stated by others who have commented here, the comment numbering feature is an important tool for making and referencing comments in a document. Removal of this feature from Word makes no sense to me. PLEASE BRING IT BACK ASAP!!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This 'looking into it' has been going on for many many many months..when will this be addressed..PLEASE!!!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's extraordinarily difficult to review the comments and understand how they fit in, or to read the text and find the appropriate comment (other than hovering over the identifier and reading the superimposed text box). It's a general mystery to users why this was ever dropped, although presumably something to do with multiple simultaneous editors. Please bring it back!

  • remo williams commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Stop wasting time here. This site is NOT affiliated with Microsoft in any way, shape or form. Phrases like "Allison S Admin," under review, and "we are looking into adding XYZ" into MS Word, attempting to make visitors here believe this site is affiliated with Microsoft. Think twice about providing any personal information here. P.S, I created a quick Throw-away Gmail account to make this comment.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Looking into it?
    Why on earth was it ever dropped? Who could possibly have thought that was a good idea?
    Its not in the Windows version either.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    All of a sudden the grammar and punctuation selection from the drop down menu under Tools disappeared. I use this tool often in my writing. Is it no longer available?

  • Zahra Fraga commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My MAC system is going to 64 Bits. The Microsoft Office I have in this MAC is 32 bits. How can I update my Microsoft Office to operate with 64 bits?

    Thank you,
    Zahra Fraga

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yup..I have over 35 dissertation students, each with documents ranging from 250-1200 pages..the inability to have comments autonumbered for the committee and students to use is an enormous problem. I had to revert to version 2011 for Mac that is not supported and frankly problematic with using Apple High's a disaster all because Microsoft eliminated the auto numbering feature!!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am currently editing a document that has 4 reviewers and 140+ comments, and I need a way to organize them. I am shocked that the ability to number comments has been taken out of Word 2016, and is making me regret my upgrade from 2010 to 2016, as every other feature I use is exactly the same except for this one, which is causing me a lot of problems.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please bring back comment numbering. It is impossible to work on manuscripts without this feature. Often an editor will refer to see comment #, and we can no longer function as a writing team. Whoever thought that collaborative writing would work without this feature, clearly does not understand collaborative writing. Microsoft fail.

  • Virginia Tilley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    To Dr. Alette - Is your problem in the oral command interface? Sorry, I don't know about that, and I don't know about MAC. But in PCs, there's already a way to bring numbers into Comments: I found it on line. It's labor intensive, but for long documents it's worth it. Basically, you just modify the Comment Text style, through the Styles interface.

    In case you can't find it, here's a summary:

    With the cursor in the Comment, click on Styles to get the Style list. ITo see it, you may have to click on "options" at the bottom in order to get a box that lets you enter "all styles" in the top dropdown box "Select Styles to Show". Go back to the Style list and scroll down until you find Comment Text. The "Comments Text" style should have a block around it.)

    Click on the little symbol to the right of the words "Comment Text" to get its drop-down menu. Click "Modify..." and in the box that opens click on "format" tucked down in the very bottom left-hand corner. On the list that opens, click "Numbering."

    In the Numbering box, click on the style of numbering you like. (You can also click on "define new number format" underneath the options to fine-tune this -- I added a space after the number as otherwise it crowds into my Comments text and reduced the font size to match the Comment text font size.) Click OK and then OK again. When you close the Modify box, you'll see the numbers in your bubbles.

    The problem I have is that, if I open a document already created by someone else -- which is obviously what one is doing when one is grading papers -- then the numbers don't appear and I have to go through all this again. There's supposed to be a way to do convert existing Word files to the template you want through the Options button under the File tab, but I can't figure it out. Word People, please advise - with a SIMPLE QUICK way to do this. Faculty grading papers don't have time for elaborate steps while grading hundreds of papers.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE add this comment numbering feature back in..this MS Word for Mac 365/2016 is no longer working for me or any of my doctoral students in terms of dissertation editing/publication collaboration. Comment number is the only effective way to collaborate with others and have common reference points! HELP!!!!!!!!!

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