Annotation tips and tricks with Foxit Reader

By Andrew Kao, Integrated Sales and Support

When is a Reader not a Reader? When it can do more than just read PDFs! Gone are the days when feedback on a collaborative project meant following an email thread. The Annotate features in Foxit Reader make it quick and easy to add your comments directly to a document. The best part? You can do such a task with Foxit Reader.

By the way, a shameless plug for Foxit: Before we added annotation to our free PDF reader, you had to pay—and pay a lot—just to annotate PDF files. That’s right. If you were using Adobe, you had to get Acrobat because Adobe Reader didn’t offer annotation tools. Foxit is always looking to deliver better functionality at lower costs to users and enterprises. Because of this, we have forced the industry (that is, Adobe) to respond and to make annotation a standard feature in free readers.

Foxit Reader lets you add notes, highlight, underline, strikethrough, and more. But that’s not the only way to annotate: The software also offers drawing tools, such as rectangles, ovals, polygons, clouds, arrows, lines, as well as pencil and eraser tools.

What’s more, Foxit Reader offers the Typewriter tool, which allows you to type text directly into a PDF document. That means you can not only add notes, but you can even fill out forms that do not contain interactive form fields.

To begin annotating, click on the COMMENT tab. You’ll be presented with a variety of different types of annotations you can make, which includes:

  • Highlighting
  • Squiggly text
  • Underline
  • Strikeout
  • Replace text
  • Insert text

You can also create a Note Comment by clicking on the Note tool note tool . This is the commenting tool to use when you need to ask questions, make suggestions, or discuss the content with other people that are working on the document.

Your note will show up as a speech bubble. When someone clicks on the note to expand it, it opens up with your message in a note format, included with your name as the author and a date/time stamp.

example -note tool

To learn more about the annotation tools available in PhantomPDF, watch this video tutorial.

26 thoughts on “Annotation tips and tricks with Foxit Reader

  1. Jeff

    I cannot get it to save (and flatten the notes) so that anyone else without Foxit on their phones or laptops can read my work.
    How to accomplish this step by step please?

    1. Laura Silva

      As long as the recipient has a valid PDF viewer, this person will be able to view any annotations made with Foxit Reader.

  2. Frank

    When I insert a pop-up note in a pdf using Fixit Reader, the note icon in the document is so tiny it can barely be seen. Is there a way for me to make this icon a reasonable size?

  3. James

    Kindly make the Highlight tool so that double tapping a word means start highlighting here,, and then as we underline in a book we can simply draw across lines up to the point we want to highlight.
    That will be leap forward than the currently boring and taxing left click and then use mouse tech.


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