How to Write on PDF Documents

By Tammy Clevenger

Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) documents may be created, viewed, modified, edited and reviewed using the Adobe Acrobat application. Part of the reviewing functionality included in the Adobe Acrobat program is the ability to “write” or “draw” on PDFs using drawing markup tools. Drawing markup tools are generally used for providing feedback on text and drawings. Adobe Acrobat makes writing on PDFs simple and straightforward. In addition, Adobe Acrobat includes Notes and Commenting tools for sharing feedback.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Adobe Acrobat installed
  • PDF document

Step 1

Click the Windows “Start” button and select “All Programs.”

Step 2

Click the “Adobe Acrobat” program link to open the application.

Step 3

Click “File,” and then click “Open...” The file navigation interface will appear.

Step 4

Navigate to the PDF to modify. Click the file to load into the interface.

Step 5

Click the “Open” button. The PDF document will open in Adobe Acrobat.

Step 6

Click the “Tools” option from the top navigation bar.

Step 7

Select the “Drawing Markups” option, and then select the desired drawing tool. Tools include a Callout tool, an Arrow tool, a Cloud tool, a Dimensioning tool, Pencil and Eraser tools, and several geometrical shapes.

Step 8

Use the Drawing Markup tools to add comments and feedback to the PDF document. Experiment with each of the tools to discover the tools’ behavior.

Step 9

Save the edited PDF by clicking “File,” and then clicking “Save” from the top navigation menu.