Excel has a very useful feature called “cell comments” using which you can add comment to a cell. This is a very good way to gather remarks and review comments when a workbook is shared with colleagues and others. But what if you have typed a ton of cell comments and now want a way to extract them and do something with that data?
Well, no need to select each comment and copy the contents. You can use a simple user defined formula (UDF) to do just that. Here is a one line formula that I wrote.
To make it work,
To make the getComment() UDF work for you, you need to install it first. Here is a step by step guide if you dont know how to install user defined formulas in excel.
The simple and easy version:
- Copy the above vba code
- Open a new excel file
- Right click on any sheet tab name and select “view code” option.
- Don’t be scared of the VBA editor. Take a deep breath.
- Click on “Insert” menu option and select “Module”
- Paste the code in the new module
- Save the workbook and start using the getComment() formula.
The lengthy and more stable version:
- Same as first 6 steps above.
- Press ctrl+s to save the work book. Specify “excel add-in” as the file type.
- Now, go back to excel and install this new add-in
- That is all. Now you can use getComment() formula in your workbooks.