Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Adjusting Comment Printouts.

Adjusting Comment Printouts

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 21, 2014)

If you use comments in your worksheets quite a bit, you may wonder if there is a way to print the comments, but without the name and colon that normally preface every comment. Unfortunately, there is no built-in way to accomplish this in Excel. However, a macro can be used to quickly pull all the comments from a worksheet and place them in their own worksheet. This worksheet could then be printed, as it would amount to a compendium of all the comments. The macro is as follows:

Sub Workbook_BeforePrint(Cancel As Boolean)
    myCount = 0
    For Each c In ActiveSheet.Comments
        myCount = myCount + 1
        myComment = ActiveSheet.Comments(myCount).Text
        Sheets(2).Range("a1").Offset(myCount, 0).Value = _
          Mid(myComment,InStr(myComment, Chr(10)))
    Next
End Sub

This macro places the comments on the second worksheet in a workbook, so if you want them on a different worksheet (so you don't overwrite information already on the second sheet) you will have to make a modification to the Sheets(2) object.

Note, as well, that the macro name is Workbook_BeforePrint. This means that the macro will run every time you go to print your worksheet.

Note:

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9602) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Adjusting Comment Printouts.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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