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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Viewing Comments.

Excel allows you to add comments to the cells in your workbook. At some point you may want to view your comments. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Choose Options from the Tools menu. Excel displays the Options dialog box.
  2. Make sure the View tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The View tab of the Options dialog box.

  4. Select from the three radio buttons in the Comments section of the dialog box. (The meanings of these settings are described shortly.)
  5. Click on OK to close the Options dialog box.

There are three possible settings for comments (see step 4). The three radio buttons are as follows:

  • None. This option is selected by default. You can't see any indication of comments in a workbook if this option is selected.
  • Comment Indicator Only. This option results in a small red triangle displayed in the upper-right corner of cells that have comments.
  • Comment & Indicator. With this option selected, the comment indicators (red triangles) still appear, but all the comments in your workbook are visible. If you have a lot of comments, then your screen can appear very cluttered very quickly.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2856) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Viewing Comments.

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