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4. Editing Power Tools > 38. Turn Comments into Regular Text

Turn Comments into Regular Text

This hack shows you how to replace a comment’s reference with its text and author.

Comments let reviewers annotate the text without interfering with the text. But if you later import the document into another program, such as Quark or FrameMaker, those comments can cause trouble. Also, when you save a file as a plain-text (.txt) file, you lose any comment references, and the comments end up tacked on at the end, out of context.

In many cases, you can just delete all the comments [Hack #36] , but if those comments contain important instructions for a compositor, or other useful information, you may prefer to incorporate the comments into the text and set them off with a bit of markup. A macro can quickly convert those comments into regular text, while retaining their positions in the document.


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