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Annotate and mark up PDFs in Microsoft Edge



Annotate and highlight text in PDFs in Microsoft Edge

There will be times when you need to mark up a PDF, highlight specific text, or annotate something. Rather than looking for a dedicated PDF reader, you can do all of this in the Microsoft Edge web browser.

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7;t need to download or install any add-ons or extensions to use Microsoft Edge’s PDF features. You can use them with most PDF files online, as well as files stored on your Windows 10 PC and Mac.

Annotate PDFs in Microsoft Edge

The PDF reader feature in Microsoft Edge allows you to annotate PDF files both offline and online. First, open an online PDF or a webpage saved as a PDF in the Edge browser. You will see the PDF toolbar when the PDF file is opened.

PDF toolbar in Microsoft Edge

Click the down arrow next to the pen tool to choose a different color and adjust the thickness of the pen.

Choose a color and adjust the thickness for the pen tool in the PDF toolbar in Edge

Hold down the left mouse button to start annotations anywhere in the PDF. To remove a stroke or scribbles, click the eraser button in the PDF toolbar.

Eraser button of the PDF toolbar

When you are done annotating, click the Save button that looks like a floppy disk to save the changes and download the online PDF file.

Save button on PDF toolbar in Microsoft Edge

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Highlight text in PDFs in Microsoft Edge

Highlighting important text in any PDF file is easy. First, open the PDF file in which you want to highlight text. When the PDF toolbar loads, click the highlighter button or the down arrow next to it to choose a color.

Highlight the tool's color options in the PDF toolbar in Microsoft Edge

Hold down the left mouse button to highlight text.

Highlight text with the PDF toolbar in Microsoft Edge

Let’s say you want to change the highlight color of the text you’ve already highlighted. Right-click on the highlight, select the “Flag” option and choose a new color (or none to remove the highlight).

Remove or change highlight color of text in PDF in Microsoft Edge

When you are done, click the Save button to add all changes to the PDF file.

Add notes to a PDF in Microsoft Edge

You can include notes or comments with the highlighted text for reference purposes in the PDF files in Edge. This can be a comment, a comment about changing text or a link.

Right click on the highlighted text and select the option “Add comment”.

Select Add comment option to flag in Microsoft Edge

That brings up a comment box (which looks like a sticky note) where you can add text or links.

Comment Box on PDF in Microsoft Edge

After adding text or a link in the comment box, click the check mark to save your comment.

Add PDF save comments with Microsoft Edge

When you move the mouse pointer over the comment counter, a card appears with the comment text.

Note Bubble Hover map in Microsoft Edge for PDFs

How to identify fillable forms and edit PDFs in Microsoft Edge

There is no obvious way to identify fillable PDF forms online without opening them. If so, you will need to open an online PDF form to check whether or not it can be filled in Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge provides visual indicators to distinguish that, with highlighted boxes in fillable (or editable) PDFs online.

Marked boxes PDF form in Microsoft Edge

Click on those boxes and type any text. If you don’t see any marked boxes, you cannot edit the PDF form in Microsoft Edge.

PDF without editing support in Microsoft Edge

But you can still annotate them and highlight the text (as shown above).

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