Adobe Reader Mark Up Tools


While Adobe Reader has far less functionality than Adobe Acrobat, you can participate in a review process using nothing but Adobe Reader. The markup tools are similar to those available in Acrobat, but are only active in Reader when the author has enabled the PDF for commenting in Adobe Reader. These markup tools facilitate the review process among multiple reviewers.

Sticky Notes

  • The sticky note tool allows you to place a virtual sticky note to the side of the document and enter a note about the text. The sticky note can be tied to a particular location in the text or a block of selected text.

Text Edits Tool

  • The Text Edits tool enables you to add, remove or replace text in the document. Additions or replacements appear with a colored carat and a pop-up box with the inserted text, and deletions appear as a colored strike-through over the text.

Stamp Tool

  • The Stamp tool acts as a type of rubber stamp that you can use to make a note anywhere on the PDF document. Several standard stamps are available, such as "Revised," "Approved" or "Confidential," but you can also create your own custom stamps.

Highlight Text Tool

  • The Highlight Text tool allows you to create a yellow highlight over a selected block of text to call attention to it.

Callout Tool

  • The Callout tool enables you to create a red call-out box that points to a particular location in the PDF. You can enter text in the call-out box to explain the call-out.

Text Box Tool

  • The Text Box tool is similar to the Callout tool, except it is only a red text box that can be placed at any location on the PDF. You can enter text in the text box.

Cloud Tool

Arrow, Line, Rectangle and Oval Tools

  • These tools allow you to draw basic red shapes or lines anywhere on the PDF. Select the particular shape tool and draw them directly on the page.

Pencil Tool

  • The Pencil tool is the most versatile of the drawing markup tools. Instead of creating geometric shapes, you can draw free-form on the page using the Pencil tool.

Show Tools

  • The list of Show tools allows you to customize how the markup is displayed in the PDF document. You can show the entire list of comments and markup, sort the information and define how it is displayed on the PDF pages.

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