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.

13 thoughts on “Annotation tips and tricks with Foxit Reader

    1. Laura Silva

      Hi Rizwan, you can with Foxit PhantomPDF. You can just OCR the document to make it searchable/editable then, you cam highlight text .

  1. Kabir

    I recently update my version 8 to version 9; and in version 9 the search function does not search through my annotations like text boxes and popup notes!!
    Was this intentionally removed ?
    Or does it have to be enabled in the setting ? (Which i did not find anywhere)
    Any get around for this?

    1. Foxit Blog

      Hello, Thanks for choosing Foxit Software for your PDF solutions!
      To quickly find text you are looking for, follow the steps below: Select the Find Field on the menu bar. Click the Gear button to set the search criteria. Select
      Include Comments — enables you to search for a word in the whole text, including comments.

      For more information on these settings see page 44 of the user manual

    1. FOXITBLOG Post author

      In Foxit you can import and export comments –

      To Import- Comment > Manage Comments > Import

      To Export -Choose Comment > Manage Comments > Export

      Please reference Page 156 on the Foxit PhantomPDF manual.

  2. Vann Luong

    I love Foxit Reader! However, is there a way to click on the PDF and add a text without having to choose the Typewriter option?

  3. Omar

    I love Foxit Reader.

    1) It would be nice to have on option to Scroll Up and Down the comments without needing to move the current pdf page.
    Just to mention that “Mendeley: Free reference manager and PDF organizer” have this option, with the comments on a column on the right side, which can be hidden if we want.

    2) It seems that all the documentation on the Foxit Reader is for Windows, it would be nice to have also the doc. for Mac. and the Google Chrome extension for using Foxit Reader on the web browser.
    Thank you.

  4. Zhengyu Hu

    With Foxit Reader’s commenting tool it is great to add comments and notes to a PDF document. However, it seems like the language supported for commenting is English only, maybe other western languages as well. Does Foxit Reader also supports Chinese language for commenting? If not at the moment do you have any plan on this need?

    Thank you and best regards!


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