Adobe Reader XI - Markup Tools

Tired of printing out mountains of PDF files? Standing in line at the printer getting you down? Did you know there’s some great tools available in the labs and on your PC/MAC to manipulate PDFs with?

It all starts with a free App:

  • Get the latest Adobe Reader (XI): The newest version of Adobe Reader has vastly improved markup tools. It’s also free and is pretty consistent across all platforms.Mac or PC:You can download Adobe Reader for Mac or PC here 
  • (be sure to UNCHECK the MacAfee Security Scan offer)
  • For iPad or Android tablet:  Is available for free from their respective app stores.

Once you have Adobe Reader installed you can use some quick easy features to mark up your PDF's and view your notes across all platforms. 

**many other PDF reading programs can also see the markup notes, but not all of them.

A brief video explaining the following tutorial is also available here: 

If you're opening a PDF from the web, you'll want to save it to a safe place (otherwise your future edits will be lost). Choose FILE and SAVE AS

And choose a location to save it. (in the computer labs your Personal Share H: Drive should be one of your options).

Now on to the markup (be sure to save again when you're done)

Sticky notes: Notes you can read! Don’t trust your 2am study-binge shaky handwriting. Use the sticky note feature to write notes directly onto the PDF. Just click the Sticky Note button 


Then click anywhere in your document & start typing

Highlight: Put the pen down and use the highlight tool.
Just click the highlight button.

Then click-and-drag across the text you want to highlight.

More advanced annotations: Add arrows, drawings, embed audio recordings, and more!
Click the Comments button And you’ll have access to a host of other markup tools