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Notes and Threaded Comments in Excel

September 18, 2018 - by Bill Jelen

Notes and Threaded Comments in Excel

Build 1810 of Excel in Office 365 introduces a new threaded comment style. Thankfully, the old comments are still around, now called Notes.


If you have been using Excel forever, you will remember that Notes debuted in Excel 97 and were called Notes. My take: The odd name "Comments" was a bug that debuted in 2000 and was just corrected on September 10, 2018! I am glad that notes are back to their original name.

This figure compares an old style Note (red triangle) to a new Threaded Comment (purple indicator).

Different cell indicators call out the different comment types.
Different cell indicators call out the different comment types.

Both Notes and Comments are found on the Review tab of the Ribbon. The Comment section is larger and is the new threaded comments.

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