I have a Google Docs document when there were a lot of comments. These comments have been resolved, however, I still need to see them in context.

You could re-open them, but I don't really want to do that, since it would incorrectly notify many people.

So how would you show resolved comments in context without re-opening them in Google Docs document?

  • Please read the tags before posting your question. Mar 9, 2017 at 11:11
  • I've already voted to do so. It might be faster for you to flag your question "in need of moderator intervention" and ask a mod to move it (be specific about where you want it moved to). Mar 9, 2017 at 12:56
  • @DavidPostill I did at the same time ;) , thanks for your patience.
    – jave.web
    Mar 9, 2017 at 12:57
  • Did you find any solution to view Resolved comments ? I wonder how google's design team missed this pretty useful feature.
    – vikramvi
    May 11, 2019 at 1:54
  • To just view them (no context), just use root's answer, I did not yet found solution how to display them in context without reopening them.
    – jave.web
    May 12, 2019 at 21:43

4 Answers 4


Click on "Comments" at the top right corner (marked in the image below). The resolved ones are listed there. Source: Link

To see the original context of a comment, click on that comment. This will only work if the original context still exists (wasn't deleted). If the original context was deleted, you can make a copy of an earlier version of the document, and view the comments there.

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    That does not show them in the original context.
    – jave.web
    Oct 17, 2018 at 19:59
  • @jave.web it does show the original context if you click on the comment. If the original context was deleted, you can restore it. See edited answer above.
    – root
    Oct 18, 2018 at 6:58
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    The purpose is to globally show all the comments next to their contexts INSIDE THE DOCUMENT (as seen before they are marked as resolved).
    – jave.web
    Oct 20, 2018 at 1:18
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    It's now called "Open Comment History" and is a speech bubble icon on top right Apr 16, 2019 at 0:11

To complete Root's answer:

⚠ be aware that the last resolved comment won't be on the top of the list of this panel: comments seem to be sorted by date/hour of creation.

It would be nice to have an option to sort them by "last resolved/edited": if you think so too, send this kind of feedback to google (in the menu go to HelpReport a problem. You can just copy paste what I've written below). (Of course, google won't care, but you'd have tried).

in the comment history panel: add an option "last edited/resolved"

It's currently really difficult (if not impossible) to undo a comment we just resolved since the comment aren't sorted by last edited/resolved but by date of creation. So you need to know when the comment was created (which isn't really possible) and then find a way to retrieve it by reading and scrolling hundred of items, in this list that takes forever to load every few items.

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    Totally agree with you, at the moment that function is almost useless. Nov 4, 2019 at 15:13

Try this: In Google Docs, use the menu item: File > Make a copy

Copy dialog

In the Copy dialog, untick the "share it with the same people" but tick "copy comments and suggestions" and "include resolved comments and suggestions".

Now you have a new, identical document where you can re-open comments without, it seems, notifying many people about it. it's not the same document, but for review purposes, it might do the job.


Another way to do this, is to export them all (regardless of whether they have been closed or deleted) to a spreadsheet, including their context (the highlighted part) as well as a link to the comment itself. This method will also allow you to filter and more easily search comment data, which can be helpful.

To do this, install the Comments Exporter Add-On, open the document with comments and create an export:

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After the export, a new spreadsheet will be created in your Home folder containing all of the comment data, which will look like this:

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