Add and reply to comments in iWork

You can use threaded comments to communicate with other participants about changes in your Pages, Numbers, or Keynote file.


When creating or reviewing a document, you add comments to communicate about your project with others without leaving Pages, Numbers, or Keynote.  Each person’s comment appears in a unique color and includes their author name.

You can quickly add a comment by selecting the text, cell, object, or slide you want to comment on, then:

  • On your Mac, click  and enter your comment. Click Done.
  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap Comment in the context menu. You might need to tap  to see Comment. Enter your comment and tap Done. If you're commenting on a cell in Numbers, tap  > Add Comment. Later, tap  > Show Comment to view the comment.

In the latest versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, anyone can reply to your comments. If you’re collaborating with others, comments and replies appear in real-time, so you don’t have to leave your document. 

To reply to a comment, view the comment then click or tap Reply.

To edit your comment, open the comment and click or tap where you want to edit. Click or tap Done to save your changes. If there are replies to your comment, click the timestamp or tap  > Edit Comment. You can only edit your own comments and replies.

To delete your comment, view the comment, then click or tap Delete. To delete a reply, click the timestamp or tap  > Delete Reply. Unless you're the document owner, you can only delete your own comments and replies.

View comments

If you can’t see your comments, make sure you have them set to show in your application: 

  • On your Mac, click  > Show Comments or Hide Comments. To view the comments pane, click  >Show Comments Pane
  • On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, tap  then turn on Comments.

To go to the next or previous comment in your document, tap the arrows in the comment.