Insert Comment In Excel

Article byTwinkle Sethi
Edited bySheeba M
Reviewed byDheeraj Vaidya, CFA, FRM

What Is Insert Comment In Excel?

Insert Comment in Excel is a feature to save reminders or notes for users, either to recall or keep track of some important information. It also helps us to comment on a certain cell value without changing the value for the other user to note in case of a shared worksheet.

For example, right-click on any cell, select the “New Comment” option, type any comment as required, here, “Hello”, and press “Ctrl+Enter”. The comment gets added along with the history, as shown below.

Insert Comment in Excel Intro

Key Takeaways

  • The Insert Comment in Excel helps users to provide further information on a selected cell value or to start a conversation to discuss doubts or issues.
  • It helps us to Insert/Delete, Hide/Show, Edit, or Format the inserted comments as required.
  • It also provides the history of the inserted comments w.r.t the time, date, and the user’s name who added, edited, or replied to the comments, which helps keep track of the modifications.
  • When we copy/paste the comments from a cell to multiple cells, if the range of cells selected already had some comments, those comments would be replaced by the comment we are pasting. So, we must be careful not to replace, erase, or delete any comments accidentally.

How To Insert Comments In Excel Cell? (Steps)

The steps to Insert Comments in Excel are as follows:

  • Step 1: To add a comment in Excel, first, we must right-click on the cell with which the comment must be associated, and click on “Insert Comment” or “New Comment” [in some Excel versions.]
Insert Comment in Excel - Step 1
  • Step 2: Next, type the comment, and press “Ctrl+Enter”. The comment gets added along with the date and time history.
Insert Comment in Excel - Step 2

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Shortcut To Insert Comment In Excel

The shortcut to Excel Insert Comment in the cell is,

Insert Comments shortcut key

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Examples

We will consider some examples to Insert Comment in Excel.

Example #1 – Adding a comment attached to a cell in Excel.

Suppose we wish to find out how a student scores in an exam. There are two exam scores for a student. We must find the total score (sum of the two scores).

Insert Comments Example 1

The steps to Insert Comment in Excel attached to a cell are,

  1. To add a comment in Excel with the total score, right-click on the cell containing a total score and select “Insert Comment.”


    Insert Comments Example 1-1

  2. A box will appear: Type the comment in the box, and press “Enter”.


    Insert Comments Example 1-2

    The red triangle at the top right corner of the cell indicates that a comment is associated with it.

Example #2

Suppose we want to find the maximum salary per month from a list of some employees’ salaries.

Insert Comments Example 2

The steps to Insert Comment in Excel to the maximum salary cell are,

  • Step 1: First, right-click on the maximum salary cell, and select “Insert Comment.”
Insert Comments Example 2-1
  • Step 2: A box will appear. Type the comment in the box, and press “Enter”, as shown below.
Insert Comments Example 2-2

Example #3

Let us add a picture as a comment in Excel.

The steps to insert a picture in the Insert Comment window are,

  • Step 1: We must right-click on the cell, and select “Insert Comment.”
Insert Comments Example 3
  • Step 2: Then, we must insert the text to be displayed in the comment, and right-click on the edge of the comment box. Then, select “Format Comment.”
Insert Comments Example 3-1
Insert Comments Example 3-2
  • Step 4: Select the “Picture” tab, and click “Select Picture.”
Insert Comments Example 3-3
  • Step 5: Browse for a picture as per choice, and click “OK”. We get the picture as a comment, as shown below.
Insert Comments Example 3-4

How To Add A Comment To Multiple Cells In Excel?

The steps to copy a single comment to multiple cells at the same time are as follows:

  • Step 1: We must first insert a comment in the first cell.
Example 4
  • Step 2: Select the commented cell, and press “Ctrl+C,” which copies the cell to the clipboard.
Example 4-1
  • Step 3: Select the range of cells on which we want to paste the same comment.
Example 4-2
Example 4-3
  • Step 5: Select the “Comments” button, and click “OK”.
Example 4-4
  • Step 6: We must copy the comment from a cell in the first step to the range of cells selected in Step 3. We notice that only the comments are copied without altering the cell values.
Example 4-5

Important Things To Note

  • The cell comments help communicate ideas, problems, and questions when collaborating on documents. They make the document review/understanding process smoother and faster for everyone involved.
  • After entering the text as a comment and clicking on any cell again, the comment gets hidden. But the red flag or comment indicator remains.
Insert Comments Red Flag

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is there an alternate way to Insert Comment in Excel?

Yes, there is another way to Insert Comment in Excel.
First, choose a cell – select the “Review” tab – go to the “Comments” group – select the “New Comment” option, as shown below.

Insert Comment in Excel FAQ 1

2. How to View all the Inserted Comments at the same time?

To view all the comments on all worksheets in a workbook, select the “Review” tab – go to the “Comments” group – select the “Show All Comments” option, as shown below.

Insert Comments Show all Comments

3. How to View the comments that are overlapped?

When we have too many comments on a worksheet, there is a possibility that some of the comments overlap. To fix this issue, we have an option of “Move or Resize a Comment”. So, if some comments are in the way of other comments or cells, blocking them, then we must fix it so each comment is visible. For moving a comment, it should display without the user hovering over the cell.

The steps to fix the overlapping comments issue are as follows:

First, select the “Review” tab – go to the “Comments” group – select the “Show All Comments” option, as shown below.

Insert Comments select and drag

Next, hover over the corners of the comment box. We can see that the cursor now changes to a plus sign, which has four-sided arrows. We will also see sizing handles appear on the sides and corners of a box.

FAQ 3 - Comment 2

Now, keep the mouse cursor over the border of the comment box and then click and drag the comment box to another location. Repeat the same for all the overlapped comments, and drag them to another location using the above method of moving and resizing a comment. Finally, we will get a clear display of all the comments, without overlapping, as shown below.

Insert Comments Resize

4. What are the other features associated with Insert Comments in Excel?

A few other features associated with Insert Comments in Excel are,
Show/Hide Comments – Right-click on the cell, and select the “Show/Hide Comments” option, which enables showing or hiding the comment associated with that cell, as shown below.

Insert Comments (Show or Hide)

Edit comments – Right-clicking on the cell, and clicking “Edit Comment” in Excel can help change a comment, as shown below.

Edit Comments

Delete comments – A comment associated with a cell can be deleted by right-clicking on the cell and selecting “Delete Comment” in Excel.

Delete Comment

Format Comments – We first commented using “Edit Comment” in Excel to format a comment. Then, we should highlight the text that we wish to format. Next, right-click on the selected text and click “Format Comment”. It will open a “Format Comment” dialog box. After that, we can make any changes to apply a different format to the text. For example, suppose we want to make some text bold and blue using the “Font style” and “Color” dropdown list.

Format Comment

It will make changes in a comment with the new formatting.

5. How to remove the Insert Comment flags to avoid cluttering?

When we have too many comments, the red flags on the cells might be distracting. Therefore, we can remove these flags from the cell.
The steps to remove the Insert Comments flags are,
First, we must go to the “File à Options”.
The “Excel Options” window opens.
Next, as shown in the image below,
On the left side, click on the “Advanced” option.
On the right side, scroll down to the “Display” section.
Lastly, select “No comments or indicators” under the “For cells with comments, show” option.
Click “OK”.

No comments or indicators

With these options selected, hovering over a cell with a comment will not display the comment.

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