Adding a Comment to a Cell

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 6, 2014)

As you are developing a spreadsheet, it can be helpful to add comments that explain your thinking. For instance, you might want to add a comment explaining what a particular cell value means, why a particular formula was used, or additional research that needs to be done. How you use comments is entirely up to you. Here's how you add them to a cell:

  1. Select the cell to which you want to add a comment.
  2. Choose Insert | Comment. Sheets shows a comment box beside the cell. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. Adding a comment to a cell.

  4. Type your comment in the available space.
  5. Click Comment.

You'll notice that the comment remains visible beside the cell. If you move to a different cell, then the comment is hidden, but you can still see a small triangle at the upper-right corner of the cell containing the comment. Hover the mouse pointer over the cell with a triangle, and you'll see the comment. Select the cell with a triangle and the comment is also displayed.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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