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: Adjusting Comment Printouts.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 2, 2019)
If you use comments in your worksheets quite a bit, you may wonder if there is a way to print the comments, but without the name and colon that normally preface every comment. Unfortunately, there is no built-in way to accomplish this in Excel. However, a macro can be used to quickly pull all the comments from a worksheet and place them in their own worksheet. This worksheet could then be printed, as it would amount to a compendium of all the comments. The macro is as follows:
Sub Workbook_BeforePrint(Cancel As Boolean) myCount = 0 For Each c In ActiveSheet.Comments myCount = myCount + 1 myComment = ActiveSheet.Comments(myCount).Text Sheets(2).Range("a1").Offset(myCount, 0).Value = _ Mid(myComment,InStr(myComment, Chr(10))) Next End Sub
This macro places the comments on the second worksheet in a workbook, so if you want them on a different worksheet (so you don't overwrite information already on the second sheet) you will have to make a modification to the Sheets(2) object.
Note, as well, that the macro name is Workbook_BeforePrint. This means that the macro will run every time you go to print your worksheet.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2521) 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: Adjusting Comment Printouts.
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