Add, change, hide, or delete comments in a presentation

Add, change, hide, or delete comments in a presentation

Use comments when you want people to review and provide feedback on a presentation that you created, or when colleagues ask for your feedback on a presentation. A comment is a note that you can attach to a letter or word on a slide, or to an entire slide.

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Add a comment

  1. Select Review > New Comment. Or select New if the Comments pane is open.

  2. In the Comments pane, type your message in the box and press Enter.

    Add a comment

View and reply to comments

  1. Select the comment icon Comments icon on the slide.

    The Comments pane will open and you can see comments for that slide.

  2. Select Reply to respond to a comment.

  3. Select the Next or Back buttons to go between comments and slides.

Delete a comment

  • In the Comments pane, select the comment you want to delete and select the X.

  • On the slide, right-click the comment icon Comments icon and select Delete Comment.

Review

1 Review tab

2 Review commands

3 Review comment thumbnail

4 Comment

  1. On the slide that you want to add a comment to, do one of the following:

    • To add a comment about text or an object on a slide, select the text or object.

    • To add a general comment about a slide, click anywhere on the slide.

  2. On the Review tab, in the Comments group, click New Comment.

  3. Type your comments, and then click outside the comment box.

    Tip: You can add more than one comment to text, an object, or a slide in a presentation.

Presentation reviewers can edit comments added by other reviewers, which changes the color of the review comment thumbnail and changes the initials to those of the current reviewer.

  1. Click the review comment thumbnail (shown as number 3 in the image above).

    Notes: 

    • The review comment thumbnail generally contains the initials of the person who originally added the comment.

    • If the review comment thumbnail is hidden, on the Review tab, in the Comments group, click Show Markup.

  2. On the Review tab, in the Comments group, click Edit Comment.

  3. Type your comments, and then click outside the comment box.

Presentation reviewers can delete comments added by other reviewers, which changes the color of the review comment thumbnail and changes the initials to those of the current reviewer.

  1. Click the comment that you want to delete.

  2. On the Review tab, in the Comments group, click Delete.

If you want to remove all comments from a slide or your presentation, delete them all at one time. On the Review tab, click the arrow below Delete, then choose what you want to do:

  • Delete All Markup on the Current Slide Removes comments from the slide that you have open.

  • Delete All Markup in This Presentation Removes all comments from the entire presentation.

  • To hide the comments in your presentation, click Show Markup on the Comments tab. Click Show Markup again to unhide the comments.

  • To move between comments, on the Review tab, in the Comments group, click Previous or Next.

Add a comment

  1. In the navigation pane, in Normal view, click the slide you want to add a comment to.

  2. Do one of the following:

    To

    Do this

    Add a comment about text or an object on the slide

    Click the text or object

    Add a comment about text or an object on the slide

    Click the text or object

  3. On the Review tab, click New Comment.

    Review tab

  4. Type your comment, and then click outside the comment box.

    To view a comment, click the comment thumbnail on the slide.

Edit comments

  1. In the navigation pane, in Normal view, click the slide you want to add a comment to.

  2. Click the comment thumbnail on the slide that you want to edit.

  3. In the Comments pane, click the comment you want to edit, and then click again to make changes, or click Reply to respond to a comment.

    Tip:   Select a comment thumbnail on a slide to see the corresponding comment in the Comments pane.

Move a comment

  1. In the navigation pane, in Normal view, click the slide you want to add a comment to.

  2. Select and drag the comment thumbnail to a different location on the same slide.

Delete a comment

  1. In the navigation pane, in Normal view, click the slide you want to add a comment to.

  2. Click the comment thumbnail you want to delete.

  3. On the Review tab, click Delete, and then click Delete again, or choose an option to delete all the comments on the slide or in the presentation.

    Select Delete

    Tip:   You can also delete a comment by holding down the Ctrl key while you click the comment, and then click Delete.

Show or hide comments

  1. On the View tab, click Normal.

  2. On the Review tab, click Show Comments.

    Select Show Comments

Add a comment

  1. In the navigation pane, click the slide that you want to add a comment to.

    How to select slides in the navigation pane

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide. Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. Do one of the following:

    To

    Do this

    Add a comment about text or an object on the slide

    Click the text or object

    Add a comment about the slide

    Click anywhere on the slide

  3. On the Review tab, under Comments, click New.

    PowerPoint Review tab, Comments group

  4. Type your comment, and then click outside the comment box.

    Note: To view a comment, click the comment thumbnail on the slide.

Edit comments

  1. In the navigation pane, click the slide with the comment that you want to change.

    How to select slides in the navigation pane

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. Click the comment thumbnail on the slide that you want to edit.

  3. On the Review tab, under Comments, click Edit.

    PowerPoint Review tab, Comments group

    Tip: You can also edit a comment by double-clicking the comment thumbnail.

Move a comment

  1. In the navigation pane, click the slide with the comment that you want to change.

    How to select slides in the navigation pane

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. Select and drag the comment thumbnail to a different location.

Delete a comment

  1. In the navigation pane, click the slide with the comment that you want to change.

    How to select slides in the navigation pane

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. Click the comment thumbnail that you want to delete.

  3. On the Review tab, under Comments, click Delete, and then click Delete Comment.

    PowerPoint Review tab, Comments group

    Tip: You can also delete a comment by holding down CTRL while you click the comment, and then click Delete Comment.

Show or hide comments

  1. On the View menu, click Normal.

  2. On the Review tab, under Comments, click Show.

    PowerPoint Review tab, Comments group

Add Comments

Open the Comments pane

To open the Comments pane, on the View tab, click Show Comments Show comments .

Tip:  If you see comment bubbles Someone has added a comment on your slides, that’s another way to tell that someone has added comments to your presentation.

Add comments to a presentation

  1. Select the item on the slide that you want to add a comment about.

  2. On the Insert tab, click Comment.

  3. Enter your comments, and press Enter.

    • For additional comments, in the Comments pane, click New New comment , and enter your text in the box.

    • To reply to a comment, click in the Reply box and enter your message.

    • A comment bubble Someone has added a comment appears next to the item you comment about on the slide.

Select a heading below to open it and see the detailed instructions.

  1. Find a slide with comments on it.

  2. Tap the Comment button Comments icon to open the Comments pane for reading and responding.

    The toolbar helps you navigate backward and forward through comments, reply to the current comment, or delete the current comment:

    The toolbar for the Comments pane

  1. Double-tap the slide that you want to comment on.

  2. Tap the New Comment button on the floating toolbar.

    The floating toolbar in PowerPoint for Android has a New Comment command

    The Comments pane appears full screen with a blank notation indicating your name and the date.

  3. Type your comment. Press Done to resize the Comments pane and make your slide visible again.

  4. You can use the toolbar to navigate backward and forward through comments:

    The toolbar for the Comments pane

  1. Tap the Review tab on the Ribbon, then tap Show Comments:

    The Review tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint on Android tablets has buttons for using Comments.

    The Comments pane appears.

  2. Use the buttons on the Ribbon to navigate backward and forward through comments.

  1. Double-tap the slide that you want to comment on.

  2. Tap the Review tab on the Ribbon, then tap New Comment:

    The Review tab of the Ribbon in PowerPoint on Android tablets has buttons for using Comments.

    The Comments pane appears.

  3. Type your comment. When you're done, tap the close button (X) in the Comments pane.

    You can also use the buttons on the Ribbon to navigate backward and forward through comments.

Tag someone in a comment

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When you comment on a document or presentation and use the @-sign with someone's name, the person you mention receives mail with a link to your comment.

Select a heading below to open it and see the detailed instructions.

  1. Find a slide with comments on it.

  2. Tap the Comment button Comments icon to open the Comments pane for reading and responding.

    The toolbar helps you navigate backward and forward through comments, reply to the current comment, or delete the current comment:

    The Comment buttons in PowerPoint for iPhone

  1. Double-tap the slide that you want to comment on.

  2. Tap the New Comment button on the floating toolbar The New Comment button in PowerPoint for iPhone .

    The Comments pane appears full screen with a blank notation indicating your name and the date.

  3. Type your comment. Press Done to resize the Comments pane and make your slide visible again.

  4. You can use the toolbar to navigate backward and forward through comments:

    The toolbar for the Comments pane

  1. Find a slide with comments on it.

  2. Tap the Comment button Comments icon to open the Comments pane for reading and responding.

    The toolbar helps you navigate backward and forward through comments, reply to the current comment, or delete the current comment:

    The Comment buttons in PowerPoint for iPad

  1. Double-tap the slide that you want to comment on.

  2. Tap the New Comment button on the floating toolbar.

    The floating toolbar in PowerPoint for Android has a New Comment command

    The Comments pane appears full screen with a blank notation indicating your name and the date.

  3. Type your comment. Press Done to resize the Comments pane and make your slide visible again.

  4. You can use the toolbar to navigate backward and forward through comments:

    The Comment buttons in PowerPoint for iPad

Select a heading below to open it and see the detailed instructions.

  • On the Review tab, tap Show Comments.

    The Show Comments button in PowerPoint Mobile for Windows 10

    The Comments pane opens, where you'll see any comments that have already been added to the presentation.

  1. Tap the slide that you want to comment on.

    The toolbar helps you create a new comment, delete the current comment, and navigate backward and forward through comments, reply to the current comment, or delete the current comment:

    The Comment buttons in Windows Mobile: Create New Comment, Delete Current Comment, Go to Previous Comment, and Go to Next Comment

    The Comments pane appears with a blank notation indicating your name and the date.

  2. Type your comment. Tap elsewhere on the screen when you are done typing.

You can't add comments in PowerPoint on a Windows tablet.

  • In the Comments pane, immediately under the comment you want to respond to, tap the Reply box and begin typing.

You can't reply to comments in PowerPoint on a Windows tablet.

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