In this article, you’ll learn how to add comments in Word, as well as two different ways to quickly navigate them.

Example of a comment in Microsoft Word

Adding comments in Word is a great way to mark up your documents without having to directly edit its content. It’s like adding sticky note reminders to yourself (or colleagues) without messing up your content.

If you frequently work with lots of comments in Word, I recommend adding the Comments Group to your Quick Access Toolbar, as pictured below.

That way you can quickly and easily get at the commenting commands, without having to dig through your Ribbon.

[Watch] Adding Comments in Word (w/ Shortcuts)

1. Microsoft Ribbon (Adding comments)

From the Review tab, click New Comment to add a comment to your selected text
To add a comment to something in Word, simply:
  1. Select the text (or object) you want to comment on
  2. Navigate to the Review tab
  3. Click New Comment
  4. Write your comment
You can add comments to anything in Word, including text, images, charts, tables, etc. Simply place your cursor next to (or highlight) what you want to comment on and click on New Comment.
Comment Writing Tip: Make sure that the comments you add to Word are actionable and constructive.

There’s nothing worse than trying to update a document based on vague comments that don’t make much

2. Right-Click Menu (Adding comments)

Right-click and select Add Comment int the right-click menu
To add a comment using the right-click menu, simply:
  1. Select and Right-Click what you want to comment on
  2. Select New Comment
  3. Write your comment

This is a fastest way to add comments in Word, as you don’t have to continually navigate back and forth between the contents of your document and the Review tab.

Delete Comment shortcut: You can also right-click any comment within your document and use a shortcut to quickly delete them. To learn how to do that (and a variety of other ways to remove comments in Word), read our guide here.

3. Quick Access Toolbar (Adding Comments)

If you want add, remove and navigate between lots of comments in Microsoft Word, I recommend adding the Comments group to your Quick Access Toolbar (which is super easy to do)
Right-click the comments group and select add to quick access toolbar
To add the Comments group to your Quick Access Toolbar, simply:
  1. Navigate to the Review tab
  2. Right-click the Comments group (anywhere along the bottom)
  3. Select Add to Quick Access Toolbar
With the Comments group added to your Quick Access Toolbar, you can now get at all the comment commands (add, next, previous, etc.) by simply clicking it with your mouse, as pictured below.
The comments group with all of it's commands on the quick access toolbar
If you later want to remove the Comments group from your Quick Access Toolbar, simply right-click the command and select Remove from Quick Access Toolbar, as pictured below.
right-click and select remove from quick access toolbar

Note: If your Quick Access Toolbar is above your Ribbon, I recommend moving it below your Ribbon.

To do that, simply click the Customize Quick Access Toolbar command and select Show below the Ribbon.

4. Microsoft Ribbon (Navigating comments)

To use the Previous and Next comment commands, simply:
  1. Navigate to the Review tab
  2. Click Previous or Next
Previous takes to you the preceding comment from where you are currently active in your Word document. Next takes you to the next comment from where you are currently active in your document. If you have a lot of comments to review, you can also navigate your comments using the Reviewing Pane, discussed below.

Hidden Comments: The cool thing about the Previous and Next commands is that they work even if your comments are hidden. To learn how to hide comments in Word, read our guide here.

5. Reviewing Pane (Navigating comments)

From the Review tab, select the vertical or horizontal review pane
To open the Reviewing Pane in Word to review and navigate your comments, simply:
  1. Navigate to the Review tab
  2. Open the Reviewing Pane dropdown menu (click the downward facing arrow at the end)
  3. Choose either Reviewing Pane Vertical or Reviewing Pane Horizontal
Inside of the Reviewing Pane you can see and click through comments and other tracked revisions, as shown below.


So those are the basics of adding comments in Word, and two different ways you can navigate them within your document.

Adding comments is a great way to markup your documents without editing the underlying content. In this way you can quickly scan through your document and easily remember what you need to change in the future.

Another way you can make working with your Word documents easier, is to properly format them and then insert a table of contents. To learn all about tables of contents in Word, read our guide here.

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