How to Delete Comments in Word

Remove them through deletion or resolution

Comments and Review ribbon bar in Word 2016 on macOS
Comments are easy to delete in Word.

Remove comments in Microsoft Word in one of two ways: Either delete comments in Word or resolve the comments.

Deleting a comment removes it from the document forever. If you have a choice, it's better to resolve comments. Resolving a comment allows you to mark the comment as finished. This approach helps the original writer better track what's been changed and helps the reviewer see how recommended changes were implemented. When you resolve a comment in Word, a record of the comment is preserved.

Resolving comments in only available in Microsoft Word 2019, 2016, Microsoft Office 365, and Word for Mac. Older versions of Word are limited to deleting comments only. Instructions in this article apply to Word 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019; Word Online (365); and Word for Mac unless otherwise noted.

How to Delete Comments in Word

Deleting comments in Word removes the comments from the document. If you're using a version of Word older than Word 2016, comments can only be deleted.

Comment being deleted

Select the comment you want to delete. Click the Review tab in the ribbon at the top of the screen. In the Review tab, click Delete Comment.

In Office 2016 and Office 365, you can also right-click a comment as select Delete Comment from the context menu. Older versions of Word will only allow deletion from the Review tab. Regardless of the method, both have the same function.

Comments can also be deleted in bulk. Click the Review tab on the ribbon, then click the disclosure triangle next to the Delete icon. In that menu, select Delete All Comments.

Resolving Comments in Word

Resolving comments takes action on the deletion request, but does not remove the text of the comment from the document.

Resolving comments in Word from the Review tab of the ribbon

To resolve a comment, chose the comment you want to resolve. Select the Review tab on the ribbon. Select the Resolve button.

Comments can also be resolved by right-clicking them and selecting Resolve Comment from the contextual menu.

For Office Online, comments are resolved by clicking the three dots in the upper corner of the comment and clicking Resolve Thread.

When you resolve a comment, its color will fade, but it will still appear in the markup area. To reverse the resolution, select the comment again and select the resolve button in the Review ribbon. This setting toggles the resolved status off.

To step through several comments and act on each separately, use the Previous and Next buttons adjacent to the Resolve button.

Should I Delete or Resolve Comments?

If you've received a document with comments from another person, preserve a record of the comments. With that paper trail, you'll verify that all changes requested have been addressed and that you haven't accidentally skipped an important point.

When you've made your own comments for your own purposes, deleting them is likely the better option. A deleted comment simply vanishes. That's best when you've changed your mind on a comment, or you want to change the text point that the comment is anchored to.