I would like to be able use some sort of C++ style commenting for Microsoft Word.

E.g. If I have

// line of text

the entire line should be a comment and should appear in a different colour.

Same goes for:


text block


I would want text block to be in a different colour than my main text.

Another feature that would be nice but not necessary for me to have is some sort of a way to quickly strip all the comments.

I have no idea how this could be done, if possible.

Any ideas?


  • related Stack Overflow question: stackoverflow.com/questions/1070614/…
    – Ivo Flipse
    Apr 7, 2010 at 21:36
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    This could be possible by setting up a comment style (which only goes until the end of the line in case of // comments); and then make // and /* resp. react on auto-format which in turn triggers the style.
    – Debilski
    Apr 7, 2010 at 23:05
  • Can you 'prove' that with a screenshot/example? Else I'm sure it would get accepted as an answer
    – Ivo Flipse
    Apr 8, 2010 at 10:58

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If your comments are delimited /* and */ then stripping them and delimiters all in one go is possible with Search for (/\*)*(\*/) and Replace with nothing. /{2}*^l should locate an entire line beginning // and ending with a line break (may look like a one but is an el).

Having located text in this way it can be "deleted and then reinserted" with changed formatting (eg font colour) by replacement with ^& in the Replace box formatted to suit.

Note that the above searches and replacements would require Use wildcards being ticked.

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