How to disable comments on WordPress.com’s image carousel

Jane asks…

“I have successfully turned off comments on all my pages. However, where I have an image gallery and someone clicks on an individual image (which I hope they will do, to scroll through and read captions), they are invited to comment in the image carousel. Aaaaarrrrrrgh. I have spent hours trying to figure this out. Any ideas?”

If you go to Settings > Discussion, uncheck “Allow people to post comments on new articles” and Save Changes, any images added after that, will have comments disabled.

Unfortunately, it won’t affect any images already there. For those, you’ll need to disable comments manually… 

~ Click on Media
~ Click on an image
~ Click the little “Edit more details” link at the bottom
~ In the Discussion section, uncheck “Allow comments” and then click Update
~ Repeat as needed, for other images

If you can’t see the Discussion section while editing the image, click on Screen Options at the top right of the page, and check the Discussion box.

Below is an example of an image gallery with the comments disabled on all three images. Click any image to bring up the image carousel. You’ll see there’s no comment box underneath any of them. Click the little X top left, to close the carousel and return to this page…

All the best,
James

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