“This is the same question as in comment 17.”
“Make sure this change matches the resolution to comment 74.”
“Let’s have the other author weigh in on comments 90 through 112.”
“Ditto comment 3.”
Having a “constant” applied to a comment so you can refer to it is pretty useful. You may remember that Word used to number comments automatically. That feature appears to have been removed with the 2016 Word update.
Here is an elegant solution that even updates the numbering automatically (something you should be aware of when cross-referencing).
Steps to Apply Numbering to Comments
- Start a new comment. Leave the cursor in the comment.
- Open the Styles pane, from the Home ribbon.
- In the Styles pane, click the pilcrow to the right of the style that is currently selected. (This may be Comment Text or Balloon Text, or another name.)
- Select Modify or Modify Style… from the menu that opens.
- Click the Format button at the bottom left of the new dialog box to open additional options, then choose Numbering.
- Select a numbering style on the Numbering tab. Several formats are available, including the simple numbering shown in this example.
- Click OK until you exit the style modification.
Test this new setting to be sure you like how it works.
Things to Note
- Because this is a numbered list, if you use a hard return in a comment box, a second number will be applied to that second paragraph. This can be useful or confusing. To avoid that happening, use a soft return or manual line break instead. That is, type shift + return instead of just return.
- This modification has to be done to each file you work on, unless you apply a template or modify the normal.dotm template.