Microsoft Word, Comments and Sorting by Date

I don’t know if you use Word on a daily basis, and even if you do – whether you use the ‘Revisions’ features which allow you to comment on the document and then comment on those comments and then … well you get the idea.

I do, and it’s becoming increasingly frustrating that I can’t order those comments by the date they were entered (or at least I can’t find how) and I have browsed for quite some time online trying Macro solutions (which create another document), even just reading the ‘comments’ tool window in word to try to see the most recent comment.

Either ways – it’s rubbish.


I’m a developer, specifically a Microsoft .net developer. I casually note that Visual Studio has templates for developing Office 2013 addins – so – how hard can it be?

Turns out - not very.

The Addin:

To get the addin go to: which gets you to my public SkyDrive folder where you can download it (you want ‘’)

Once it’s installed, you can enable / disable it via the ‘Add-ins’ menu on the ribbon:


(Sorry for the UI, I only spent about an hour on the code – it’s functional – not pretty :) )

That will show the pane (which will be on the right hand side, you can drag it around wherever you so please):


and you can click on the headers to sort by the various columns.

Double clicking on a row will take you to that part of the document, due to the implementation of this, it may not be obvious where it is as it scrolls to the first point – i.e. it might be at the bottom of the page. The addin will select the text on the page that was commented on, so you can use that as a guide.

Known Issues:

1. If a comment is really long, you can’t really see it all in the tool window (you can just double click on it and it’ll take you there though)

2. Not really an issue as such – but it will ask you to install the VSTO (Visual Studio Tools for Office) Runtime on your machine when you install – which does mean downloading it from Microsoft directly. This is handled in the installer, and it’s a whopping 38Mb :( – you can get it directly from MS if you want (

Potential Issues:

1. I don’t know if it works on Word 2010 – please try it and let me know!

The Code

You can get the code and tinker with it as you will here ( I will put it somewhere where it can be installed from better at some point.. probably.. maybe..

Let me know any problems (particularly install ones – please send a picture of an issue to me and I can try to fix it easier!!)

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Comments on this entry:

Gravatar # re: Microsoft Word, Comments and Sorting by Date
by Yacine B. at 11/19/2014 10:57 AM

Really useful, helped me a lot! Thank you so much!
Gravatar # re: Microsoft Word, Comments and Sorting by Date
by Chris at 11/19/2014 11:21 AM

You're welcome!
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