How to Make Notes on PDF (Acrobat) Documents

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Making notes, or note annotations, in a PDF document can help the creator of a PDF draw the readers' attention to something. This can be especially useful if people are passing PDFs back and forth in an editing stage.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader


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Step 1

Set up your annotation preferences. Choose File, then Preferences, then Annotations.

Step 2

Type in your name and customize the appearance of your notes.

Step 3

Choose the Notes tool (the page turned up at the bottom with lines across).


Step 4

Click on the document where you want the note to appear. You can also drag to create a window with dimensions of your choosing.

Step 5

Type your note.

Step 6

Choose Edit, then Preferences to modify the appearance of your note in the document. Click the color box to choose a new color or select a new type of note.


Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with different options to see how your note appears.