LibreOffice makes collaborating on documents fairly straightforward. But if you’d like to differentiate the comments you add from others, there’s a way to do that.
As I writer, I collaborate with numerous people on documents, whether it’s readers, editors, or formatters. When I do, I like to ensure my comments stand out, so there’s no mistaking who’s making an initial comment or replying to a comment.
By default, LibreOffice uses a different comment background color for each commenter. But sometimes that’s not enough. I’ve also experienced a few instances when the comment background color somehow ends up the same as mine, which leads to confusion all around. To make matters worse, if someone hasn’t added their name to the LibreOffice User Data section in Options, things can get even more confusing.
That’s why I often customize the formatting of my comments, so everyone involved knows exactly who’s commenting.
Let me show you how this is done.
How to customize the comment formatting
What you’ll need: The only thing you’ll need for this feature is the LibreOffice office suite installed on your desktop or laptop. Make sure you’re running the latest version (220.127.116.11).
One thing to keep in mind is that when you customize the formatting, you’re changing it for all comments and not just yours. If you wait until other people have commented on the document, you’ll change the formatting of all comments — even those you didn’t make. Because of that issue, I complete my document, add my comments, and then customize the formatting.
Of course, if someone else opens your document, and changes the formatting of the comments, your comments will be reformatted as well. One thing I do wish the LibreOffice developers would add is the ability to format comments by user, which would mean every collaborator could format their own comments and not worry about changing the formatting of other users.
That, however, is not currently an option. I have submitted a request for this feature, so hopefully the Document Foundation will find the request viable.
But for now, let me show you how to customize the formatting of comments in LibreOffice.
Adding your name
As I mentioned earlier, one of the most important changes you can make to boost collaboration is to add your name to LibreOffice.
By doing this task, all comments will display your name, which will go a long way to ensure collaborators know which comment was made by you.
To add this feature, click Tools > Options. In the Options window, expand the LibreOffice section and then click User Data. Make sure to add your first and last name, and then click OK.
And that’s all there is to making your LibreOffice comments stand out from your collaborators.