Thanks for the feedback. We’re looking into it!
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Time to stop "looking into it" and return comment numbers in the next update. Removal of comment numbers was a bad decision and makes trying to search for comments a huge waste of time. Is Word ADA compliant? If so, how can Microsoft justify making using it more difficult especially for people with disabilities? If the comment numbers are visible in Print Preview, then they are still obviously there so it should be simple to make them visible while editing.