Apr 17 2021 04:55 PM
Apr 17 2021 04:55 PM
My Word (on Microsoft 365) has updated to Modern Comments. I have a number of problems with the useability of these comments, based on the way I have used them in the past (for context, I am an educator and primarily use them when marking student assignments).
The main issue is that autotext is no longer supported in a comment. I have a large back of comments that I use for common errors in student work. Some of these comments are up to a paragraph, or contain URLs to instructions for certain things. It's incredibly helpful to be able to insert these quickly and will increase my marking time substantially if I can't use them.
Comments are slow to open. If I open a comment using a keyboard shortcut (on a Windows computer) and start typing, the first one or two letters often gets inserted into the main text
They don't use the same autocorrect tools as the main text. My typing has evolved to use those features. Two capital letters at the start of a comment don't get corrected, and simple typos don't get corrected
There are more steps to use them than before. I don't share my documents, so being able to edit comments and post when they're finalised is not particularly useful for me, as no one else is looking at them until I send the document. However, I can't click out of it to finish, I have to click or ctrl+Enter to post. I also can't just click INTO it to edit, I have to click on more buttons.
It doesn't make sense to only be allowed to edit one comment at a time, particularly if the idea is to not post them until you're ready to share with others. Sometimes in the course of writing one comment, I want to comment on something else first and then come back to the previous comment. You're forced to finish one first, to the standard you're happy for others to see, defeating the purpose of not having to post until it's finished. Why not allow multiple to be in draft?
If I forget to post and try to type a new comment, it pulls me back to my previous comment and starts typing, making me lose my spot where I wanted the next comment
It has added an extra space to the side of the document, which wouldn't be an issue except that making any formatting changes under tracked change, which I often also do when marking assignments, goes into the ORIGINAL pane where comments use to be, widening the document even further (extra space for formatting, then another extra space for comments). My computer screen isn't large enough to cope with the extra width.
Once I post a comment, it's still selected. There have been a number of times I've posted a comment then tried to ctrl+F something in the document, but it won't respond to my ctrl+F. Not something that is necessarily a huge issue but it is annoying and I can't see the purpose for keeping a comment selected when it's posted and non-responsive.
Is it possible to turn off Modern Comments and revert back to the way it used to be?
Apr 18 2021 02:42 AM
Apr 29 2021 02:48 AM
@chiara369 I am also desperate to remove this modern comments box! So difficult to use, not clear what text the comments relates to, you can't format the text in the box... Urgh! Why mess with something that was fine! Anyway, if you find out how to revert it back, I would love to know!!
Apr 30 2021 06:47 AM
Yes, please allow us to revert this awful and regressive "update". Everything said above is true and in addition, equations don't render properly in the new comments, it is no longer obvious what text is being referenced by a comment when it used to be easy to highlight a section of text and comment on that section specifically, and the inability to just click into and edit comments is unbelievably frustrating. What is the purpose of this ridiculous extra annoyance of having to "post comments".... Help!
Apr 30 2021 07:10 AM
Apr 30 2021 08:34 PM
May 01 2021 01:58 AM
I suspect that most experienced users of Word agree with your opinions. Some fellow Word MVPs have reported several shortcomings and limitations of the new "comment experience" to the Office team.
What you can do is post feedback via File > Feedback in Word.
May 03 2021 07:29 AM
I agree with all of this 100%. I am having the same issues. Another issue is that the modern comments is not allowing formatting like superscript and subscript which is making it much harder, well impossible, to instruct typesetters on changes that require such formatting
May 03 2021 11:11 AM
Sounds like many of us are hoping for direction on how to revert back to the old comments functionality. Has anyone learned how this can be done?
May 04 2021 03:29 AM
At the moment, all you can do is revert to an older version of Office. See https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/how-to-revert-to-an-earlier-version-of-office-2bd5c457-a91....
May 04 2021 03:36 PM
May 05 2021 10:44 PM
May 12 2021 07:09 PM
To remove the modern comments feature try deleting the following two keys from the registry. You should make the usual backup first.
May 12 2021 10:30 PM
May 13 2021 07:01 PM
@Bgwilson thanks for this. I'm too chicken to do it myself, but will get a trusted computer genius over here to give it a go. Praise be!
Modern comments sucks. Microsoft Word is for work. They are treating it like the latest thing in social media. UGH!
May 13 2021 09:46 PM
May 16 2021 12:04 PM
I totally agree!!!! I have been complaining about this so-called upgrade since the day it was foisted on us. As an academic, it has made my job of marking papers much harder. The least Microsoft could do is allow us to go back to the "old" commenting without having to mess with the Registry. I have complained to them directly with of course not even a response. How many of us have to be angry before they hear us? I need to put symbols in the comments. I need to change the color of the text in the comments. I want to jump from one comment to another without MS getting in the way. I have many phrase shortcuts that all are now useless. Come on, Microsoft, do the right thing!
May 16 2021 06:14 PM
I've tried everything: Complaining. Explaining. Abstaining and waiting. Now I make a plea.
I have paid to use Office 365 which includes Word 2016. At this point, I believe I'm due a refund. The product I've been paying for no longer exists. The ease of working that comments provided (I am an editor and teacher) no longer exists. I have now finished fifteen pages in the time I would once have finished thirty.
You know all of the problems with Modern Comments (should you need clarification please read the many posts here. Check other social media, too.) so I won't elaborate further. I write to ask for a refund. The product I'm paying for is gone.
You have perverted a once useful office tool into another social media platform. I'm sure that most editors and teachers have no desire to 'start a conversation' because we work alone. Also, we look dopey when our comments contain spelling, capitalization, and other errors that were once auto-corrected based on self-created defaults. Modern comments is utterly disconnected from Word and therefore useless in many work environments.
You gave me no choice. This is wrong. Please contact me to arrange for my refund.
Frustrated, annoyed and cheated in Sydney,