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In the initial release of Word 2013 the new Comment extensions, contained in the commentsEx.xml part, are not written to the XML returned to the object model property Range.WordOpenXML. Read the rest of this entry »

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Changes in the Word Open XML for comment’s functionality in Word 2013 were presented in my last post. This time, we’ll look at how these changes affect working with Comments using the Open XML SDK. Read the rest of this entry »

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Now that we’ve looked at Comments in the Word 2013 user interface and object model, it’s time to consider how this has been implemented in WordOpenXML and the Open XML SDK. Read the rest of this entry »

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In my last post I presented some of the new Comment functionality in the Word UI. The new functionality for Comments is also reflected in Word’s object model. Read the rest of this entry »

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Creating and Editing Comments

When you give the command to insert a new Comment in Word 2013 a small pane appears near the current selection. It gives the name of the person entering the Comment and how long ago the Comment was generated. This information travels with the Comment. You just start typing.

The Comment pane can be dragged any where on the screen. It can also be resized by dragging any side or corner.

 When you’re finished, click the X at the top right corner of the pane or click outside it on the document surface. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Word team has once again invested quite a bit of thought and effort in good old “Track Changes”. A couple of versions back, we got:

  • the Revisions Balloons – the area that appears in the margin where track changes and comments are listed in little boxes with lines back to the text
  • and the Revisions task pane that can be positioned vertically on the left or horizontally across the bottom of the Word window – lists all changes in the various sections of the document.

One pain point with the balloons is that, if there are lots of comments and changes, things appear very “busy” and it’s difficult to sort out what entry in the margin refers to which range of text. It’s also not easy to follow a discussion being carried on in the comments as they may well not be listed in the order they were created.

So an effort has been made to simplify the display of revisions, on the one hand, and allow a discussion using comments, on the other. The comments part is easy enough to understand; the changes in how revisions can be displayed takes some hands-on experimenting and getting used to.

This is too much material to cover in a single blog post, so I’m going to break the discussion down into at least four entries. The first will look at Comments in the UI, the second at the changes in the object model related to Comments.

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