How to add/hide comments Google docs

Google Docs is one of the most useful tools to collaborate and synchronize your work in one place. The collaboration of Google Docs will eternally benefit communication, which especially works well for remote workspaces. To make clarifications during collaborations, Google Docs provides the“Comments” feature. Without comments, collaborators and readers may find themselves confused to the point that increases the chances to reach out for clarification. 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 else’s work or leaving yourself notes to look for later, it is very easy to add comments in Google Docs. Comments appear as small notes in the right sidebar of your Google Docs document.

How to Add Comments in Google Docs?

To add comments in Google Docs,

  • First, open Google Docs and open the document you wish to edit.
  • Select the text that you would like to add your comments.
  • Once you have highlighted your text, there are three different ways you can add comments.
  • Right-click on the highlighted text and select “Comment” from the pop-up menu. This will immediately turn your highlighted text into yellow and a comment box will open in the right-hand margin. Enter your comment into the text box and click the blue “Comment” button when you’re finished typing.
Add Comments in Google Docs
  • Click “Insert” in the top menu bar and then select “Comment.” Type your comment and then click the “Comment” button.
Shortcut to Add comments in Google Docs
  • Simply find the “icon with a plus sign inside of it” on the right side of the document. Enter your comment into the text box and click the blue “Comment” button when you’re finished typing.
How to Add comments in Google Docs

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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 reviewing comments made by collaborators, you will have few options like reply and resolve.

  • You can either click on a comment on the right side of the document or click on the highlighted section of the document’s text to bring a comment to focus.
  • Now, you will have the option to reply or resolve 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 Resolve button will also effectively delete the comment, but it has special distinctions. 
  • Deleted comments are usually not added to Google Docs’ comment history, but resolved comments are. Resolved comments can also be brought back to the Google Docs document.

How to hide comments in google docs?

  • There is no way to hide comments in Google Docs. 
  • If you resolve some comments, they will no longer be visible in the 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 you find that you have made a mistake while adding a comment, or you need to change your comment after some time, you can edit it or delete it. Edited comments will not be notified for 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. 
Resolve Comments in Google Docs
  • 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.
Delete comments in Google Docs
  •  Click ‘Delete’ and this will delete your comment thread.

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 you don’t see the comments in the sidebar, it means your collaborator has not saved them properly.
  • When a comment is posted in a Google Docs document, you must press the blue “Comment” button for the comment to be uploaded and saved to the 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 made changes on comments or that 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.
comment in Google Docs on a mobile device
  • Click on this icon to open the entire Google Docs document’s comment history.
  • You can also reopen the comments, edit, resolve, and delete right from the comments history.

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 Google Docs app on your iPhone, Android, or iPad.
  • Open the document you want to add comments and select the text that you want to highlight.
  • Select “Add Comment” or “Comment” from the pop-up menu.
  • Type your comment and then tap the blue checkmark in the upper-right hand corner. 
  • Your text will now be highlighted yellow and your comment will be added.

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

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