Jun 24 2022 11:20 AM
Jun 24 2022 11:20 AM
I'd like to see comments in a word document shown in balloons on the documents page. However, they are shown in a side bar, outside the document. does anyone know how to have them showing in balloons and on/within the documents page?
Jul 24 2022 11:28 AM
Jul 25 2022 04:53 PM
@Stefan_Blom NOPE....that option doesn't exist anymore. It was there as a temporary stopgap while they rolled out the 'feature'. No checkbox to turn off 'not-so-useful-modern-comments' in the most recent revision of Word for Mac 2021, nor a checkbox to disable modern comments. Where the checkbox USED to be (from what I can see in previous articles, etc) is blank. There is no way within the program to do it. If someone from Microsoft would like to comment or reveal some secret way to roll back just that, and go back to comments in balloons on the side of the text instead of the stupid comment pane (pain??) where you have to 'post' your comment and there's no control over autocorrect, spellcheck, etc, that would be wonderful.
If Microsoft would re-implement the enable modern comments option that you can un-check, THAT would be wonderful. If they would do away with it altogether that would be wonderful as well. Leaving things as they are is just unacceptable.
Jul 26 2022 02:13 AM - edited Jul 26 2022 04:39 PM
Thanks for the update.
I wasn't aware that the check box had been removed in subscription versions of Word/Office for Mac. It is still present (at File > Options > General) in Word 365 for Windows (specifically Microsoft 365 Personal, Word version 2206).
Jul 26 2022 08:59 AM
@Stefan_Blom I’m not talking about the subscription version. But that checkbox has always been talked about as a temporary thing…something that just makes no sense, especially given the furor among the community of editing professionals who think that modern comments ought to be a thing of the past, and the future of comments should be as they were.
Jul 26 2022 09:43 AM - edited Jul 27 2022 04:57 PM
The so-called modern comments are only supported in the subscription versions of Office.
If you are running a volume license such as Office 2021 Professional Plus, you have the classic interface for comments, with comment balloons shown in the Markup area. (I am not sure if this applies to perpetual consumer licenses such as Office 2021 Home & Business as well.)
Jul 26 2022 04:43 PM - edited Jul 26 2022 04:49 PM
In a previous message I wrote about Microsoft 365 Personal which does have modern comments and it also has the check box in the Word Options dialog box. Office Professional Plus 2021, which is a perpetual license, has neither modern comments nor the check box.
As I said, I am talking about Word for Windows. It is quite possible that Word for Mac is different in this respect. It wouldn't be the first time that Microsoft took MacWord and WinWord in different directions.
The web app (Word Online) does have the modern comments, regardless of platform. In that version, you cannot turn them off.
Jul 26 2022 09:39 PM
@Stefan_Blom Wasn’t clear until now that you were referring only to the Windows version, and strange you chose to respond in this way when the TITLE of the thread CLEARLY states it’s referring to the Mac version (‘comments on word for Mac’). Any way to recruit someone who is aware of this issue on the MAC version of MS WORD and whether there are work arounds or registry changes or anything that can be done to revert that one ‘feature’ to the more useful use model in a more permanent way without just going back to a prior version of the software (no longer supported) or just abandoning the platform altogether, as Microsoft appears to be tone deaf about the problems they caused by foisting this disaster on all users with no way to opt out?
Call to ALL MS geeks to address this issue.
Jul 27 2022 04:44 PM - edited Aug 07 2022 12:33 PM
I stated in my very first response that "Enable modern comments" should be available in Word for Mac Preferences, because Mac users have indicated in the past that the option is available. I did not claim that I had seen the option myself. I should probably have made that more clear.
These days, options are removed, and sometimes restored later, between various updates. :(
I recommend that you post feedback for Microsoft using the feedback facility.
Jul 28 2022 01:51 AM - edited Jul 28 2022 01:54 AM
I have now checked with fellow MVP and Mac user Diane Poremsky who has clarified that some perpetual licenses will have the modern comments, while the option to enable and disable the modern comments is not present. Word as part of Office Home & Business falls into that category.
Send feedback from within Word (see https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/how-do-i-give-feedback-on-microsoft-office-2b102d44-b43f-...).
Jul 28 2022 09:09 AM
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Jul 28 2022 04:37 PM - edited Jul 29 2022 12:19 AM
I assure you that the info I provided wasn't intended to be misleading. However, it is clear that what I said was based on a misunderstanding on my part.
I apologize for having contributed to any additional confusion.
You could say that Microsoft doesn't make it easy for users to keep track of the various products and their minor differences. :(
Do make sure that you post feedback. These user forums are not read by people in a decision making capacity at Microsoft.
Jul 30 2022 03:47 AM
Several MVPs, including myself, have already complained to Microsoft about the "modern comments." Some contributors have pointed out that the new comments interface isn't working with screen readers, so there may be an accessibility issue here as well.
Unfortunately, so far, there has been no indication that the modern comments will be changed or removed.
Jul 30 2022 03:28 PM