Fix Those Wandering Excel Comments

Do you ever open an Excel workbook, and find that tragedy has struck your comments? You spent hours inserting those comments, and making them just the right size and shape. Then, for no apparent reason, everything changes. Comments are in the wrong place, and wrong size. Here’s how to fix those wandering Excel comments.

Wandering Excel Comments

This screen shot shows an example of wandering Excel comments, and incorrect comment sizes.


  • Some comments have flattened to a thin line.
  • Other comments are so small that you can barely read the first word.
  • A few comments have wandered far from their cell, and the connecting line stretches across the entire window.

What a mess! Fortunately, you can quickly get things back in place, by using an Excel macro or two. Use the sample macros below, to fix wandering Excel comments, and to make them the correct size again.

Put Comments Back in Place

If your comments have slithered across the spreadsheet, you can use this macro to put them back in their parent cell.

Sub ResetComments()
Dim cmt As Comment
For Each cmt In ActiveSheet.Comments
   cmt.Shape.Top = cmt.Parent.Top + 5
   cmt.Shape.Left = _
      cmt.Parent.Offset(0, 1).Left + 5
End Sub

Get Comments Back in Shape

For comments that have shrunken to thin slivers, you can use this macro to get them back to a normal size.

Sub Comments_AutoSize()
'posted by Dana DeLouis  2000-09-16
Dim MyComments As Comment
Dim lArea As Long
For Each MyComments In ActiveSheet.Comments
  With MyComments
    .Shape.TextFrame.AutoSize = True
    If .Shape.Width > 300 Then
      lArea = .Shape.Width * .Shape.Height
      .Shape.Width = 200
      ' An adjustment factor of 1.1 seems to work ok.
      .Shape.Height = (lArea / 200) * 1.1
    End If
  End With
Next ' comment
End Sub

More Excel Comment Macros

For more Excel comment macros, please visit the Excel Comment VBA page on the Contextures website.