Acrobat allows you to easily mark up a PDF of your readings, which can help you to retain more information.

When you have a lot of reading for class, highlighting or making comments on the text can seem like a waste of time. But making notes on a PDF of your readings can help you remember more information and makes it much easier to go back and find important sections of a document that stood out or that you want to retain.

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC makes this process seamless, with a range of quick and easy-to-use tools that allow you to engage more deeply with your work without having to print everything out, buy a bunch of different pens and highlighters, and lug paper from class to class.

Here are 3 tools to mark up or make notes on PDFs in Acrobat:

  • Highlight.
    All you have to do is click and drag your cursor over the part of the text that you want to mark up. This will automatically bring up buttons for a handful of tasks:

    • Highlight
    • Underline
    • Strikethrough
    • Redact
    • Copy

    Then just click on one of these options to add your comments to the text. You can also select the “highlight text” button from the top toolbar and highlight as you go by clicking and dragging your cursor. Select the “Comment” button on the right sidebar to give you more flexibility. You can easily change the highlighting color so that you can make key dates or key quotes stand out in different colors.
  • Sticky notes.
    If the text is already marked up in the PDF file, you can double click on it and add a comment. This could be a question about the section or a note with something that was confusing - either way, adding a note to the PDF will help you learn.

    • If you want to add a comment without highlighting a section, you can click on the “add sticky note” button in the toolbar.
    • You can also use sticky notes to invite people to a shared document by adding the “@” symbol and their email (even if they don’t have an Adobe account, they’ll be able to see the document and comments in your Document Cloud).
  • Drawing tools.
    These allow you to really get creative. After you’ve clicked on “Comment” in the sidebar, go to the top bar and select “Drawing Tools.” These can come in handy in all kinds of ways:

    • Try making a diagram using all of the different shapes available.
    • Or use arrows to really highlight the importance of a passage.
    • The “Text Callout” feature allows you to put comments directly on the text instead of on sticky notes.

Do you still have questions about what you can do with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC? Get more tips for using these apps through Adobe Help Center.

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