Managing Turnitin QuickMark comments

About Turnitin QuickMark comments

QuickMark is a Turnitin feature for easily annotating reusable comments directly onto submissions. QuickMark is organised into Sets a collection of comments based around a category such as ‘Punctuation’.

Turnitin has its own default Sets which you can use to drag and drop onto papers. You will probably need to develop your own Marks (comments) and Sets (collections) to gain full advantage of this feature. Any new QuickMark are attached to your profile and will be available to you whenever you login to Turnitin via Blackboard. You can also share your sets with others by exporting them. QuickMark comments filter through to all papers they are added to therefore changing a QuickMark will update all instances of that comment in student papers. QuickMark are therefore best for common used comments.

Exploring Turnitin’s QuickMark Sets
  1. To view the default QuickMark sets provided by Turnitin click onto the QuickMark button on the Side Panel. You will probably see the QuickMark set Commonly Used.
  2. The QuickMark appear as buttons, you can hover over them and view further details associated with the comment at the bottom of the page.  To change the set click on the drop down list to see all the QuickMark
How to add a QuickMark
  1. To use QuickMark highlight a word/phrase/sentence and then click on the Quick Mark tick icon. 

  2. If you wish you can add further customised comments to the Mark once it is on the paper, click Edit on the Mark and add additional comments.AdditionalComments
  3. Your additional comments will only be added to that particular paper.  They are not added to all the papers with the QuickMark attached.
Creating new QuickMark

The default QuickMark is ‘locked’ and cannot be edited but only copied into other Sets. You will need to create new Quick Marks in order to customise your own comments.

Marks are comments that are attached to your profile and can be reused across modules. There are numerous ways of creating new Marks this includes saving speech bubble Comments and Comments from highlighted text as a Mark. In order to generate Marks you will need to become familiar with the QuickMark Manager area which is the central place to manage comments on your profile.

You cannot permanently delete any Marks you create on your profile. To remove a Mark you will need to either overwrite it with new information or save it into the Archive Set. Therefore, it is recommend that you write and organise your comments before adding to Quick Marks.
The QuickMark Manager

As mentioned above it is probably a good idea to organise you comments before creating any sets within Turnitin. Remember that making changes to one QuickMark will result in all the papers with that comment in being updated. Therefore, it is best practice to keep your Marks generic and add additional comments within the Mark or more personalised feedback for that particular student.

To open the QuickMark manager to add further comments and sets ensure that the Quick Mark area  is selected then click on the cog wheel icon next to the current Set name.

You can also open the QuickMark Manager centrally. Open any Turnitin assignment then from within the Assignment Inbox and click on the Libraries tab at the top of the page.
Creating New Sets

Once within the QuickMark Manager click on the + button next to SETS. Give the set a name and then Save.


Create a new Mark (comment)

To add Marks to your new set make sure the set name is highlighted in the QuickMark Manager then click on the plus button next to the Marks title. Now add a title and description (the comment) for your new Mark.


A new QuickMark can also be created from a Highlight/Bubble comment by clicking on Save as Quick Mark then giving the QuickMark a title and selecting the containing Set.

Making sets active—changing the default set

The active set will be the default comment set which appears in the right hand frame when marking the assignment. To change this:

  • Click on the spanner icon to open the QuickMark manager
  • Click on the set you want as the default in click on the link Make this the active set once it is active the link will change to This set is active
Sharing Quick Mark Sets
Exporting Sets

Open the QuickMark Manager by clicking on the spanner icon and highlight the set you wish to export. Click on the arrow icon and select Export Set  Export, a message should appear asking if you wish to Open of Save the set, Save the File to a suitable location. The set will have the file extension qms (quick mark set). Continue exporting further sets if necessary. To share amongst colleagues send them the .qms file to be imported into QuickMark Manager.

Importing Sets

Open the QuickMark Manager by clicking on the spanner icon within a paper or from the Libraries tab in the assignment inbox. Within the QuickMark Manger area click on the arrow icon and select Import Set browse for the file, it will have .qms file extension and upload.