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How to Annotate a PDF Document

The good news is that most of the focus is on annotating PDF documents because it is the most shared format. Annotation is also a default feature set of common tools found on both Windows and MacOS. Let’s look at what’s built in.

Annotate a PDF on Windows 10

Microsoft Edge became the first browser to allow PDF annotations natively. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update brought in PDF annotation and with highlights and notes. The Inking feature also another key tool that allows you to annotate PDFs, websites, and even EPUBs. Though, inking works better on touch screens.

  1. Right-click a PDF document and select Open with > Microsoft Edge.
  2. Highlight the text to display the annotation menu with four options. Choose the color for the highlighter, add a note, copy the piece of text, or click the Cortana button to open a flyout to research the word or text.
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  3. To use the Inking options click the Add Notes button on the menu (to the left of the Share button). Select the Ballpoint Pen, Text Highlighter, Eraser, or the Touch Writing tool to mark up the PDF. Choose the color from the palette available under the Ballpoint pen icon.

The annotation capability is just another reason to use the Edge browser as a secondary browser on your machine.

Annotate a PDF on Mac

The Preview app on your macOS is one of the underrated tools. The markup menu in Preview is one of its more useful features. You can use it to leave information for yourself or suggest changes to a PDF document while collaborating.

  1. Go to View > Show Markup Toolbar or click the (sketch pen) icon on the top right.
    macOS Preview Markup Toolbar
  2. Use the selection and the markup tools annotate the PDF. You can use type, sketch, draw, use shapes, add notes, sign, and change the format for all.
  3. Click Done after you finish marking up the PDF.

The Preview app has all the bells and whistles. You can even create, merge, and split PDF documents with it.

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How to Annotate an Image

Image annotation tools are dime a dozen on the web. So, we won’t cover them in great detail here. Any good screenshot tool would allow you to annotate the image. You can go back to Apple Preview on macOS and Paint on Windows


The Simple Guide to Annotations: How to Annotate PDFs, Ebooks, Images, and Websites has a robust list of information about annotation that may suit your annotation needs.