Change the Look of Comment Text in Word

By changing the style settings of Comment text, you can make the text size bigger, make the lines double spaced, change the font, its colour, or any other attribute.

Open the Styles Pane from the Home ribbon on a Mac

Place the cursor inside a comment, and its style will be selected in the Styles Pane. There you can click the right edge of the Current style field and select the Modify Style… option. In the dialogue that opens, you can set any attribute of the comments font.

The Modify Style pane on a Mac

Earlier we looked at an easy way to increase the size of comment text by zooming in. But that’s a temporary solution. Changing the style will stick, wherever the file goes.

Next week, we’ll look at how you can use styles to number comments automatically.


Sorry Windows users, because your version of Word sets comments in Normal style, you can’t change the style without affecting anything set as Normal in your document — which may be all of it.

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