I live in Word documents a lot at AvePoint writing out Design Specifications for Products. These get reviewed by lots of people in our company and I am a stickler for the use of Review Comments. Why? Well the Document Content shouldn’t have you writing comments directly in it…even if you do use “highlight” or a different color. Its hard to search for these in the Document.
You can create new comments by selecting the Review Ribbon Group and clicking New Comment.
In the Review Ribbon, I can use the “Previous” and “Next” button to jump to the next review comment in the document. You can hide all the comments using the “Show Comments” button in the ribbon too.
There are two additional killer features with Review Comments in Word 2013.
The first is being able to reply to a comment, in Word 2010 you couldn’t really do this easily.
The second being I can now “mark the Comment as done”, which is a huge improvement for tracking. Sadly the Next/Prev buttons don’t jump over these, but they are greyed out so it’s easy to see. It also means I don’t have to remove them from the document.
So, I’m hoping this makes you push to grab Word 2013 and makes you more productive in your work day