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    Word 2007 automatically selects an entire word whenever you insert a comment. As a teacher I use the comment feature extensively to place feedback in the margins of a paper. Automatically selecting a word draws attention to the highlighted word, when what I want to do is simply speak to the issue at hand.

    Does anyone know of a way to turn OFF the automatic highlighting of a word when inserting a comment?

    Flip side: When a phrase is selected, inserting a comment does highlight the entire phrase. This is what it should do. It should highlight what is selected, not arbitrarily select the closest word.

    Word XP did not do this.

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    [quote name='cbran250' post='763996' date='06-Mar-2009 19:00']Word 2007 automatically selects an entire word whenever you insert a comment. As a teacher I use the comment feature extensively to place feedback in the margins of a paper. Automatically selecting a word draws attention to the highlighted word, when what I want to do is simply speak to the issue at hand.

    Does anyone know of a way to turn OFF the automatic highlighting of a word when inserting a comment?

    Flip side: When a phrase is selected, inserting a comment does highlight the entire phrase. This is what it should do. It should highlight what is selected, not arbitrarily select the closest word.

    Word XP did not do this.[/quote]

    W2003 and W2007 both highlight the word the cursor is in or if the cursor is not in a word, the previous word. But I do recall the behavior you describe. It's what put me in the habit of selecting the text I wanted to comment on before clicking the comment icon.

    If you have a general comment not tied to specific text, you can select a space or the paragraph mark () before clicking the icon.

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    Hi Pam,

    Would people also use hidden text for commenting? Using regular commenting (Ctrl+Alt+M) or hidden text, which is better?

    Armstrong

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    People can choose to display hidden text, but if they don't, they won't have a clue that there is hidden text somewhere. Comments are visible - either as a ballon or as an indicator in the text, so they are to be preferred.

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    Hans,

    Thanks for your feedback. I didn't take into account a lengthy document. In that case, you're right, it's inconvenient to locate the hidden comments even with Find (Ctrl+F).

    Armstrong

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