Microsoft Word- comment notifications

Recently, I have had an issue that one (but not all) of my computers running MS Word has started showing an @ symbol on the comment tool in the review tab. It appears that without me specifically tagging someone, if we are sharing a document (through MS Teams > Sharepoint), they get an email every time I  leave a comment. This feature makes collaboration very difficult as I end up unwantingly spamming my co-authors. I have found some articles online as to how to turn this off on my end (receiving), but how do I turn this off so that I quit pushing them out as well? While it is nice to be able to share access to a document, this feature is not helpful for our team. Any assistance as to where this can be controlled would be appreciated. 

Thank you in advance,



Hi JamieBurr1,

I apologize for all the trouble it has caused and sorry about your time.

As per your description, generally, when we type @ sign before the name in the comments and we can get a noticed mail. However, but you mentioned It appears without you specifically tagging to someone in your Word document.

 As per your description, you want to turn off email notifications for replies to comments in a word document.  If the file is hosted in OneDrive, the receiver can choose not to receive such email notification, but based on the notification page it appears, as a commenter or poster can’t choose to not send the emails. By default, OneDrive will send the email, it is up to the people in your organization to decide whether they want to receive the emails or not.

To turn off the email notifications in OneDrive.  

1.From the gear in you OneDrive account (online) select OneDrive Settings

2.The Notifications Settings open - all are on by default. Slide the toggle to off for "Email notifications when other reply to your comments".

Also, please refer to the article under How it works "Email" section.

If I have misunderstood or there is anything unclear, please feel free to let us know. We will be glad to help you.

I appreciate your patience and understanding.

Best Regards

Waqas Muhammad

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Last updated September 16, 2021 Views 1,974 Applies to: