Microsoft has unveiled an update to its web version of Word, delivering a more streamlined experience for users who interact with document comments. The newly implemented feature allows individuals to filter comments by those that mention their username, as well as by active or resolved status. The development targets improving efficiency in the document reviewing process through better management of the Comments pane, now also known as the List view.
A Tailored Approach to Comments
The update is aimed at users who collaborate on documents and receive voluminous feedback. Microsoft shared guidelines on their Microsoft 365 Inside blog, explaining that the enhanced functionality enables users to employ multiple filters simultaneously. For instance, Word users could refine the views to display only comments that specifically ‘@mention‘ them alongside either active or resolved comments. However, selecting both ‘Active only' and ‘Resolved only' filters concurrently is presently not an option.
Upon closing the Comments pane, all comments will become visible again. Reopening the pane will restore the previously applied filters, remaining in place until users opt to reset them. This approach allows document collaborators to customize their views to fit individual workflow requirements, thus optimizing the review and editing process.
Availability and Cross-Platform Consistency
The comment filter feature isn't exclusive to Word's web app — it's also accessible to Mac users within both Microsoft Word and Excel. Microsoft's decision to expand the feature across multiple platforms and applications demonstrates its dedication to a consistent and productive user experience.
As with every update, Microsoft hopes these changes will not only augment productivity but also simplify the often complex process of document collaboration. The features aim to assist users in concentrating on the most relevant pieces of feedback and making more informed decisions during the editorial workflow. Although the release date for the update wasn't specified, the announcement indicates that it is currently available to users.