Hide comments in composition mode.


Can we have an option to hide comments in composition mode please. I know we can change colours to ‘hide’ certain parts of it but the box is distracting. Add 5 comments to a piece of text and it gets a bit unreadable.



Are you using Inline Annotations (the words of the comment appear in the text) or Inspector Comments (the words you want to comment on – the comment anchor – are highlighted, but the actual comments itself are in the Inspector)?

If it’s the latter (Inline Comments), then you can hide the comment anchor by View > Text Editing > Hide Markup.

If you use Inline Annotations and want to make them less intrusive, you can do this with Preferences > Editing > Do not colour the text of inline annotations. Slightly misleadingly (at least on Windows, I’m not on the Mac at the moment), this does retain the annotation text colour, but removes the box and background, which may be enough to reduce the distraction for you.

Both these work in the normal editor and in Composition mode.

I don’t know a way to hide the text of the annotation itself, off the top of my head. If you want to do this, then you’d normally use Inspector comments instead. You can convert between Inline Annotations and Inspector Comments and back with the commands on the Edit > Transformations > Convert menu, and it will work on scrivenings, so it’s easy to do for many documents at once if you want.


It’s debatable whether this is any more or less efficient than converting to comments, hiding markup, and then converting back again, but I mainly use inline annotations, and when I don’t want to see them for a bit, I do this:

  1. Take a snapshot with ⌘5.
  2. Use the Edit ▸ Copy Special ▸ Copy Without Comments and Footnotes menu command (and if you’re like me, you’ll want to do this often enough to put a shortcut on it, I use ⇧⌥⌘C).
  3. ⌘V to paste.

One advantage to this method is that you can throw the snapshot you took into the other split and have those notes readily available to you, in their original context and colouring, without getting in the way on the “proofing side”.

I may at that point decide I don’t want the markings any more. I’m happy to leave them “backed up” in a snapshot in that case. But if I do want them back, I can roll the text back to that point in the Snapshots inspector pane.