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How to reply with inline comments (tracking changes) in Outlook?

In Microsoft Word when you want to remark some information or track changes, it's easy to apply the New Comment feature. Similarly, when you need to remark original email message or track changes when replying, you can apply the Inline comment feature (See the following screen shot). Here let's introduce you about how to add inline comments in original email messages when replying in Microsoft Outlook, and insert comments as those in Microsoft Word documents at any place in Outlook messages.

Reply with inline comments (tracking changes) in Outlook

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No matter anywhere you type your comments in the original email messages when replying, the following steps will make your comments strike the recipients' eyes easily.

Step 1: Click the File > Options.

Step 2: In the Outlook Options dialog box, click the Mail in the left bar.

Step 3: Go to the Replies and forwards section, and check the Preface comments with: option, and then enter some preface text in the following box. See the following screen shot:

Step 4: Click the OK button to exit the dialog box.

Up to now, you have turned on the Inline Comment feature. When you are replying, any content (comments) you typed in the original email messages will be formatted with a distinguishing font color, and marked with your specified preface text. See the following screen shot:


(1) If original email message is plain text, the inline comments (tracking changes) will only be marked with your specified preface text, but not be formatted with special font color.

(2) If you are using Outlook 2007 or earlier versions, please click Tools > Options, and then in the Options dialog box click E-mail Options button > check Mark my comments with: option and type preface text in the following box. See screenshots below:

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When you composing new messages, or replying/forwarding messages, select the text you will add comment for, and then click Kutools > New Comment.

Now you will see the same comment as that in Microsoft Word is inserted into the message at once. See screen shot above.

Note: This utility works well in Outlook 2007 and 2010, but not work in Outlook 2013.


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    Microsoft Technical · 1 years ago
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    Emile · 3 years ago
    when leaving the email, and get back to it, the feature does not work anymore!!