Reviews and commenting
Last updated 5/10/2016
Add a line, arrow, or shape
Note: In Acrobat Reader DC, drawing tools are available only in PDFs that have commenting enabled. PDFs in a review
workflow typically include commenting rights.
When selecting a drawing tool, consider the effect you want.
1 Choose Tools > Comment. In the secondary toolbar, click Drawing Tools
and select the drawing
• The Rectangle tool
, the Oval tool
, the Arrow tool
, and the Line tool
let you create simple shapes.
• The Cloud tool
and Polygon tool
create closed shapes with multiple segments. The
Polygon Line tool
creates open shapes with multiple segments.
• The Pencil tool
creates free-form drawings, and the Pencil Eraser tool
To specify the line width, color, and other properties before you draw, select the desired tool, and press Ctrl+E to open
the properties toolbar. Set the desired options in the Properties toolbar.
2 Draw in the PDF:
• To create a cloud or polygon shape, click to create the start point, move the pointer, and click to create each
segment. To finish drawing the shape, click the start point, or right-click and choose Complete from the menu.
Double-click to end a polygon line.
• To draw a line, arrow, or rectangle, either drag across the area where you want the markup to appear, or click
twice: once to create the start point and once to create the end point.
• To draw a square or circle, or to draw a line that’s horizontal, vertical, or at a 45° angle, press Shift while you draw.
• To draw free-form lines using the Pencil tool
, drag where you want to begin drawing. You can
release the mouse button, move the pointer to a new location, and continue drawing. To erase parts of the
drawing, select the Pencil Eraser tool
and drag across the areas of the drawing that you want to
3 To edit or resize the markup, select it and drag one of the handles to make your adjustments.
4 To add a pop-up note to the markup, select the Hand tool, and double-click the markup.
5 (Optional) Click the close button in the pop-up note. A note icon appears to the right of the markup to indicate the
presence of text in the pop-up note.
Note: To delete a drawing markup, select it and press Delete.
Group and ungroup markups
You can group two or more markups so that your comments function as a single comment. You might group markups
temporarily to move them to a new location or to modify their properties rather than editing each one individually.
Grouping also helps to distinguish your markups from other reviewers’ markups in a document review.
Note: You cannot group text edit markups.
1 Using the Select tool or the Hand tool, select a markup.
2 Ctrl-click/Command-click to select the markups you want to group.