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How can I print comments inline in a Writer document like Microsoft Word does? [closed]

asked 2012-02-22 22:35:59 +0100

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updated 2020-08-09 14:48:38 +0100

Alex Kemp gravatar image

Is there a way to print comments from Writer inline like MS Word?

If not, is someone working on it?

The current method is not sufficient. Either double the pages printed, which is a tremendous waste of paper or all in a list at the end, which is really clunky and hard to use. Printing from Writer to match the screen view would be tremendously helpful.

Comments functionality is great but not useful if not WYSIWYG = We should be able to print a document and see on paper what we see on the screen. Or the minimum is having a reference in the text and having "the comment below the page". Really bellow the page and not on a separate page.

A bug report about this was filed last year.

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What version of Word is this possible with ? I couldn't find it in Word 2010. Can you provide an example PDF of the desired result ?

MagicFab gravatar imageMagicFab ( 2012-03-02 16:27:38 +0100 )edit

In Word 2004 Mac when you print a document with comments, they show up in the right margin with dotted lines and brackets to show exactly what you are commenting on as seen here: Thanks!

Atom gravatar imageAtom ( 2012-03-05 16:13:24 +0100 )edit

This is feature I would also like to see.

Carlo Piana gravatar imageCarlo Piana ( 2013-12-05 12:34:31 +0100 )edit

So would I!

maddy_e gravatar imagemaddy_e ( 2013-12-18 00:09:32 +0100 )edit

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answered 2012-10-05 10:17:07 +0100

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This will be possible from version 4.3 on:

In the prining dialog, choose Comments: Place in margins

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fdo#36815 - Advanced PRINTING capabilities of comments is currently NEW.

qubit gravatar imagequbit ( 2013-02-28 16:24:13 +0100 )edit

fdo#36815 · Status: RESOLVED FIXED
(LibreOffice 4.3.0)

See also: Will 3.6.0 solve the comments inline printing bug/feature

manj_k gravatar imagemanj_k ( 2014-04-16 12:59:45 +0100 )edit

answered 2013-04-29 11:49:14 +0100

Luhmann gravatar image

I would very much like to see this feature added. The workarounds suggested above are not sufficient. (1) for working on a final manuscript draft, the footnotes are part of the text and adding additional footnotes is problematic. (2) I don't believe there is a MS office Word Viewer on OS X. Finally, please note that there has been some similar discussion on OpenOffice:

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answered 2013-12-07 19:53:52 +0100

Tementiusz gravatar image

updated 2013-12-07 20:01:21 +0100

You can also save file from Microsoft Office Word Wiever as xps and convert it to pdf with Free XPS to PDF Converter or other converter. I tested this - works well, but contains bugs.

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answered 2012-07-16 12:16:38 +0100

excelis4 gravatar image

This 'works' but emphasises the problem [1] Save document as .doc [2] open in the free Microsoft Office Word Viewer [3] Print - on paper or as .pdf (with appropritae driver e.g doPDF)

I hope mentioning other products (even free ones) is OK I am also hoping for a proper solution

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This is quite a nice idea! Although a bit time consuming... I will try it next time.

ROSt52 gravatar imageROSt52 ( 2013-03-01 04:14:13 +0100 )edit

answered 2012-03-04 18:37:35 +0100

TonyP gravatar image

If you want a reference in the text and a comment below the page, do

Insert > Footnote/Endnote...

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I appreciate the info but it is not quite what I am looking to do. I uploaded a pdf in the comments after my original post to illustrate.

Atom gravatar imageAtom ( 2012-03-05 16:17:57 +0100 )edit

This is absolutely not an answer. Comments should print as they appear on screen. The current comment printing feature is absolutely unusuable and useless.

Carlo Piana gravatar imageCarlo Piana ( 2013-12-05 12:36:02 +0100 )edit

I work as a univeristy teacher. Commenting on documents is essential to my work, especially when it comes to student essays. Printing comments inline with the document (like MS Office) is a feature absolutely necessary to scholarly day-to-day work. Libreoffice without this feature is simply not an alterantive for professionals, trust me, I have tried.

TorstenF gravatar imageTorstenF ( 2014-03-04 11:45:11 +0100 )edit

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