Disappearing comment lines in Word 2013

How to restore the line from the comment to the exact point in the document.

Word 2013 has changed, yet again, the way comments are displayed in documents. It appears that the old line between the comment box and the place in the document has been removed – but it can be easily restored.

Word 2013 defaults to ‘Simple Markup’ mode in response to people who found the full set of revision and comments made a document too difficult to read … and they were right.

If you do a few edits and add a comment to a document with track changes on, here’s what you’ll see

Word 2013 Simple Markup image from Disappearing comment lines in Word 2013 at Office-Watch.com

The vertical bar on the left means there’s changes on the adjacent lines while the callout on the right means there’s a comment.

Hover your mouse over the callout icon to see where the comment relates to in the document. Click on the icon to see the comment.

This is all the new ‘Simple Markup’ mode however it lacks some of the essentials like the ability to read comments without clicking and see where exactly in the document the comment relates to.

That’s all still in Word – go to the Review tab and choose from the markup view options:

Word 2013 Markup options image from Disappearing comment lines in Word 2013 at Office-Watch.com

Select ‘All Markup’ and the connection lines to Comments reappear.

Word 2013 All Markup display image from Disappearing comment lines in Word 2013 at Office-Watch.com

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