How to add notes to a PDF.

A person standing in a kitchen using a tablet to add notes to a PDF.

Follow these steps to edit and annotate documents with ease.

Portable Document Format (PDF) documents allow you to present and exchange documents reliably, regardless of software or operating system. And although the formatting holds consistent across devices, PDFs are anything but rigid. With the right PDF editing technology, you can easily collaborate, provide feedback, and finalize PDFs with your colleagues. So, make the most out of annotating and editing collaboratively with these pro tips for adding notes to PDFs.

Create Sticky Notes for your PDF document.

Add comments throughout the PDF with Adobe Acrobat Sticky Notes. This feature allows you to click on text where you have feedback, make comments, and display a small note icon throughout the document wherever you have flagged edits. That allows all reviewers to easily see areas that need attention and quickly make or clarify edits.

  1. Open your document in the Acrobat online PDF editor.
  2. Click the Add Comment icon and select whether you’d like the comment to be visible as text on the document or whether you want it to show up as a comment icon.
  3. Make your comment and repeat throughout the document. If it is text on the document, you can choose the color and size of your text by clicking on your comment.
  4. Save or share your edited document. You can also reply to previously made comments.

To keep a paper trail of versions, it’s a good idea to save your edited document with an updated naming convention. This way you can refer back to past drafts as you finalize your PDF document.

How to highlight notes on PDF documents.

Highlighting your PDF can help you emphasize important information or areas that need editing, depending on the function of your PDF. With Acrobat online services, you can upload a PDF and highlight it, as well as comment on and edit it.

To highlight in a PDF document using the free Acrobat online tools, follow these steps:

  1. Open your document in the Acrobat online PDF editor.
  2. Click the highlighter icon and choose Highlight.
  3. At the bottom of the toolbar, you can change the highlight thickness and color or turn the highlighter into an eraser.
  4. You can click and drag to move your highlights.
  5. Save or share your PDF.

With the same online tool, you can underline and strike through text as well as draw freehand and add symbols like checkmarks, crossmarks, and dots. You can also add signatures and initials.

Take better notes on your PDFs.

Taking notes on a PDF can allow you to study better or collaborate more effectively with a team. Take notes and unlock the potential of PDFs with powerful Adobe tools, whether you’re a student or professional.

Discover what more you can do with Acrobat and Acrobat online services to edit, collaborate on, add notes to, share, send, and rearrange PDFs, quickly and easily.