How to add/hide comments Google docs

Google Docs is one of the great useful tools to collaborate and then synchronize your work in one place. The collaboration of Google Docs will eternally benefit communication, which especially works well for remote workspaces. For making clarifications during the collaborations, Google Docs provides the“Comments” feature. The comments feature just acts like a to-do task Let’s dive deep to know how to add, hide, resolve, and delete comments in Google Docs.

Add Comments in Google Docs

Whether you are editing someone’s work or even you wish to leave notes for yourself for future reference, it is very easy to add comments in Google Docs. You will find the comments as a small note on the right-hand side of your Google Docs document.

How to Add Comments in Google Docs?

To add comments in Google Docs,

  • First, open the Google Docs document that you want to edit.
  • Select the particular text that you would wish to add your comments.
  • Once you have highlighted your text, you will have three different approaches to add your comments.
  • Right-click on the selected or highlighted pice of text –> Choose “Comment” option. You will see the comment box on the righ hand side of your Google Docs document. Type your valuable comments on the comment text box and then click on the “Comment” button to add the comments.
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  • Click on the “Insert” menu –> choose the “Comment.” option. Enter your valuable comment –> click on the “Comment” button.
Shortcut to Add comments in Google Docs
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  • Simply find the “icon that contains a + (plus) sign inside it” on the right-hand side of your Google Docs document. Enter your comments into the text box and click the blue “Comment” button when you’re finished typing.
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Shortcut to Add comments in Google Docs

Once you have highlighted your text to add a comment in docs by the following shortcuts.

  • For Mac, press “Command” + “option” + “M” on your Mac keyboard
  • For PC, press “ctrl” + “alt” + “M” on PC

Enter your text and then click the blue “Comment” button.

Resolve Comments in Google Docs

Once you have added a comment or even tried to review the comments mentioned by different collaborators, you will have few options like reply and resolve.

How to resolve comments in google docs

  • Click on the comment section that is present on the right-hand side of your Google Docs document or you can right-click on the selected text –> Choose the Comment option.
  • Now, you will get the option of replying or resolving the comment. 
  • If you are added as a collaborator and have permission, you can resolve it.
  • Once you find the comment and wish to solve it, you can simply click the resolve button to resolve it. The role of the Resolve button is also to delete your comments effectively but the major difference is, that the resolved comments are added to the comment history section but you won’t find the deleted comments in the comment history section. Another point is, that you can also bring the Resolved comments back to your Google Docs document.

How to hide comments in google docs?

Let’s discuss here How to Hide or Remove Comments in Google Docs.

Hide comments in google docs 2021

  • There is no specific approach to hide comments in Google Docs. 
  • But, If you will resolve some particular comments, you won’t able to see those comments in your Google Docs document. But you can find them in the “comment history” at the top right of the Google Docs document.
  • Due to limited space on the mobile app, comments are usually hidden in a menu until you click and open them.

Edit Comments in Google Docs

If required, you can able to edit your comment, or even you have the provision to delete it. Edited comments will not be notified to other collaborators. Note that other Collaborators

How to edit Comments in Google Docs

To edit comments in Google Docs,

  • Click the horizontal three dots of the comment section at the right margin of Google Docs.
  • Click edit and make your changes. 
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  • Once done, click Save.

Delete comments in Google Docs

If you don’t want your comment to exist anymore, you can delete it. Deleted comments will not be notified for other collaborators. If you are deleting a comment, it will delete the entire thread, including all of the comments beneath it.

How to delete comments in Google Docs?

To delete comments in Google Docs,

  • Click the horizontal three dots of the comment section at the right margin of Google Docs.
  • Click ‘Delete’. You will be asked for confirmation to proceed.
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  •  Click ‘Delete’ and this will delete your comment thread.

This is how to delete resolved comments in google docs.

Enabling comment-only access in Google Docs

You can grant comment-only access to someone you share your Google Docs document with.

How to allow comments on google docs?

  • Open your Google document that you wish to share with comment access.
  • Click the “Share” button at the top right of your Google Docs document.
  • Head over to the “Get link” section and click the dropdown icon at the right end of the section.
  • Select ‘Commenter’ and click ‘Done’.
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I cannot see comments on my shared google doc?

Some people may ask “Why can’t I see comments on Google Docs?”.This is maybe because of the following reasons.

  • If the respective collaborator won’t save them correctly, then there is a possibilty that you won’t see the comments on the sidebar.
  • When you entered a coment in a Google Docs document, It is required to click the “Comment” button so that the comments will get added to your Google Docs document. 
  • If you or your collaborators don’t save the comment that way, it will be lost forever when you close your Google Docs document.
  • Comments will appear in the Google Docs document unless a collaborator resolved them or deleted them. 
  • If a comment was saved and resolved but not deleted, you can find it in the comment history. 

Comment’s history of Google Docs

Comments’ history section will keep track of all comments and their resolutions. Your time of resolution is timestamped, which can be very helpful to other collaborators. This section is most helpful when there is a need to re-open the discussion if you or other collaborators wish to make changes to comments or if the comment wasn’t resolved. If you simply delete a comment without resolving it, then it will not get recorded in your document’s comment history.

How to view all comments on Google Docs?

  • Find the speech bubble with three horizontal lines inside of it at the top-right of your Google Docs document near the sharing option.
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  • Click on this icon to open the entire Google Docs document’s comment history.
  • You can also reopen the comments, edit, resolve, and delete them right from the comments history.

This is how to view comments on google docs.

Benefits of adding comments

  • Adding Comments in Google Docs allow you to create a small discussion of texts in your document.
  • You can add comments very easily and effectively.
  • You can email your comments to a specific person. Just type a “+” sign to see a drop-down menu of contact options, select an email address, and then save it.

How to comment in Google Docs on a mobile device

  • Open the Docs app on your Android, iPhone, or iPad.
  • Open your Google Docs document –> tap on the Pencil icon to edit the document you want to add comments to and select/highlight the particular text.
  • Tap on the + button –> Choose Comment option.
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  • Type your valuable comments and then tap on the send button.
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  • Your text will now be highlighted yellow and your comment will be added.

Can viewers see comments Google Docs

Note that, all comments are visible to all the commenters.

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And voila! You can now add, edit, resolve, and delete your comments in Google Docs with ease!