How to add comments to a PDF with Adobe Acrobat Reader (free).

Jalene Melton - Saturday, April 09, 2016

If you do not have Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader (free) on your computer you can download it here: Download Adobe Reader

The Sticky Note tool in Adobe Acrobat (paid version) and Adobe Reader allows for commenting on your business PDF files. Sticky Notes are usually used in workflow environments to gain feedback from other users. Users cannot post Sticky Notes to a PDF document if comments are disabled by the creator of the document.

Step 1
Choose Tools > Comment to open the Comment tools in the secondary toolbar. The comments that you add to the document are displayed in the right pane.

Step 2
Select the Sticky Note tool,  Sticky Note and click where you want to place the note. Type text in the pop-up note. You can also use the Select tool to copy and paste text from a PDF or text document into the note.

Step 3
Alternatively, you can press "Ctrl 6" on the keyboard simultaneously. A yellow Sticky Note icon will appear on the screen with a text box where you can enter notes.

Step 4
Move the Sticky Note icon where you would like it to be displayed by clicking it and dragging it across the screen. You can also move the text box using the same method. Resize the text box by clicking the bottom left or right corner and dragging it in or out.

Step 5
Click inside the text field and type your note.

Step 6
Add as many Sticky Notes as you desire.

Step 7
Save the PDF document when you are finished adding notes by pressing "Ctrl S" simultaneously, then attach the PDF to an email and send back to the creator.