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Add comment/note to specific cell

edited 12/09/19 in Archived 2016 Posts
12/06/16 Edited 12/09/19

Would love to see the feature that Excel has where you can add a note or comment to a specific cell, not just to an entire row. A lot of times you need to explain why you populated a cell a certain way, what assumptions were made, etc, and having those notes in the discussion column gets messy. I know you can create another column next to it that says "notes" but that just doesn't hit the mark. YOu'd have to have that for every column, it would mostly go unused, you'd be hiding and unhiding your notes columns, etc. Need a quick way to add a comment or note to a cell. 

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  • J. Craig WilliamsJ. Craig Williams Top Contributor

    Lynnette,

     

    Is there a reason why the row level comments don't work?

    You could color code the cells to let users know there was a 'cell level' comment to be found. Still only one click away.

     

    Craig

  • Yes, I have sheets with maybe 20 columns, and thus have notes on many cells within the same row, not just the entire row.

     

    Also, as someone unfamiliar with Smartsheets is reviewing the sheet, ideally the cell-based note would  pop up if they hover over it. I have found it very hard to get people to click on "Comments" on the far left to see notes like that, plus they get buried in other, general comments on the row.

  • J. Craig WilliamsJ. Craig Williams Top Contributor
    edited 12/07/16

    Makes sense.

     

    If they add something like that, it needs to have some visual cue so we know there is a comment there - otherwise people will click without getting results.

    A tooltip might work but then there is the limitation on amount of text we'll likely be able to see.

     

    I'd like a note on the column before I get a note on the cell, but everyone's priority list is different.

     

    Craig

     

     

  • This would help my company more than can be imagined! Please add this feature. 

  • Agree with the benefits of having functionality to allow cell notes/comments instead of cluttering up the sheet with cell notes per each column for documenting assumptions, etc.  Love the ability to comment on the row, and the cell history functionality.

  • This would be helpful for our company too. I don't want to riddle the column description with descriptive text so a new employee can understand what to do. I would love to be able to add hover notes over the columns so they can get help notes on how to input the data correctly.

  • +1 for this!  We have initiative tracking sheets of 40 columns and leadership often wants to ask a question about a specific number, or multiple numbers in a row.  It would give them the ability to quickly address that individual cell.  This could also be used to share additional information about a cell, if someone needs to provide context for a number or explain why it decreased/increased etc.

  • This would be a hugely useful feature in Smartsheet. We use Smartsheet for dashboards a lot and it would be really helpful to be able to put comments into a specific cell to explain the reason for the particular status on a particular cell. 

  • Would love to add this feature to Smartsheet!

  • Andrée StaråAndrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited 12/06/18

    Hi All,

    Great news!

    It's now possible to add a specific Column Description to columns.

    I hope this helps you!

    Have a fantastic day!

    Best,

    Andrée Starå

    Workflow Consultant @ Get Done Consulting

    Column Description.png

    Best,

    Andrée Starå

    Workflow Consultant / CEO @ WORK BOLD

  • Hi,

    This is a step in the right direction, but I think the OP and a bunch of us are still looking for cell specific comments as in Excel and Google Sheets. Is that on the Smartsheet roadmap?

  • Andrée StaråAndrée Starå ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi everyone,

    Please submit an Enhancement Request when you have a moment to have your vote added

    A New Way to Submit Your Feature Requests

    To make your Enhancement / Feature Request count, send in the form above because there isn’t a guarantee, it will be registered otherwise.

    Original Post: https://community.smartsheet.com/announcement/new-way-submit-your-feature-requests

    Have a fantastic day!

    Best,

    Andrée Starå

    Workflow Consultant @ Get Done Consulting

    Best,

    Andrée Starå

    Workflow Consultant / CEO @ WORK BOLD

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