Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Editing Comments.

Editing Comments

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 20, 2016)

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Once a comment has been added to a cell in a worksheet, it is easy to edit the comment. All you need to do is right-click on a cell to which a comment is attached, then you can choose Edit Comment from the resulting Context menu. If you prefer, you can simply select the cell that has a comment attached and click Edit Comment on the Review tab of the ribbon. Either method results in the insertion point appearing inside of the comment text box. You can then add more text or delete text, as desired.

Another way to edit comments is available if you have all the comments displayed on-screen, instead of just comment indicators. In this instance, you can edit a comment simply by positioning the insertion point within the text box and clicking on the mouse button. The comment's text box becomes active and you can edit to your heart's content.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (11749) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Editing Comments.

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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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2016-08-21 17:12:50

Gary

Hello all, Does anybody know how to fix, when I edit or create new comments, the numbers lock always toggles off. I then have to switch Num Lock back on, then when I return to edit a cell the Num Lock has toggled back off.
I am using Excel 2013
Thanks


2016-08-20 12:10:14

Markus

To edit a comment (or open a new one), you may also press Shift and F2 at the same time.


2016-08-20 11:00:00

Matthew Anderson

You can also use Shift+F2 when the commented cell is selected.


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