How to Print a PDF Comment

By Enrica Jang

With Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader 8, users can print the sticky note comments in an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file either in an expanded margin alongside the main document, or they can print all the comments on a separate page. Printing in expanded margins, called "Printing in Place," allows viewers to see the comment next to the corresponding location or even in the file itself. Printing comments on a separate page allows a viewer to see all of the comments in a compiled list.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader 8 (or higher)
  • PDF document with comments

Printing in Place

Step 1

Open the PDF with either Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.

Step 2

Modify the "Preferences" in Acrobate or Reader: Select "Edit" (PC) or "Acrobat/Reader" (Mac) and then "Preferences" in the drop-down menu.

Step 3

Select "Commenting" and then "Print Notes and Pop-ups" in the drop-down menu. The menu will close.

Step 4

Select the printer icon in the program's main menu bar. A pop-up window will open.

Step 5

Click the "Comments and Forms" tab in the pop-up menu and select "Document and Markups."

Step 6

Select the pages and number of copies you wish to print and then click "OK."

Printing a Comments Page

Step 1

Open the PDF with either Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat 8.

Step 2

Click the printer icon. A pop-up window will open.

Step 3

Click "Summarize Comments" in the pop-up menu.

Step 4

Select options for the comments page, such as layout, paper size and page orientation, and then click "OK"

Step 5

Select the number of copies and pages you wish to print and then hit "Print."

Tips & Warnings

  • When printing comments in place, scroll through the PDF to open the notes and check to be sure notes do not overlap or occlude their reference.
  • Print in place when pages have only a few comments. If there are many comments, select the comment summary option for printing.
  • When printing in place, only comments that are open will print as open on the page. Be sure your page looks just as you want it to print before you complete these steps.