How to Mark Up a PDF on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you a Mac user looking for a convenient way to mark up your PDF files? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of marking up a PDF on your Mac. Whether you need to highlight important sections, add notes, or draw attention to specific details, this article will cover all the essential tools and techniques. So let’s dive in and explore how you can easily mark up your PDFs on Mac.

Using Preview to Mark Up PDFs

If you’re not familiar with Preview, it is the default PDF viewer on Mac and comes equipped with powerful markup tools. Here’s how you can utilize these tools to mark up your PDFs:

Opening a PDF in Preview

To get started, locate the PDF file you want to mark up and double-click on it. The file will open in Preview by default.

Highlighting Text

If there is specific text that you want to emphasize or highlight, follow these steps:

  1. Select the desired text by clicking and dragging your cursor over it.
  2. With the text highlighted, click on the “Highlight” button in the toolbar. This button looks like a marker tip.

Note: If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, simply press Command + Control + H after selecting the desired text.

Adding Notes

If you want to add comments or additional information alongside the content of your PDF, follow these steps:

  1. Select the “Text” button from the toolbar. It resembles an uppercase ‘T’.
  2. Click anywhere on the document where you want to add a note.
  3. Type your desired text in the note box that appears.

Drawing Shapes and Lines

To draw attention to specific areas or create visual cues, you can use Preview’s drawing tools:

  1. Select the “Shapes” button from the toolbar. It looks like a square, circle, or triangle.
  2. Choose a shape or line type from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click and drag on the PDF document to draw the desired shape or line.

Adding Signatures

If you need to sign a PDF document, Preview has a built-in signature feature:

  1. Select the “Markup” button from the toolbar. It resembles a toolbox.
  2. Click on the “Signature” icon. If you haven’t created a signature before, select “Create Signature”.
  3. Follow the prompts to create your signature using your trackpad or by signing a piece of paper and holding it up to your Mac’s camera.
  4. Once your signature is created, you can easily add it to any PDF by selecting the “Signature” icon again and choosing your saved signature.

Saving Your Marked Up PDF

After you have finished marking up your PDF, it’s important to save your changes:

  1. Click on “File” in the top menu bar.
  2. Select “Save” to overwrite the original file with your markup changes, or choose “Save As” if you want to create a new file with your annotations.

Note: Saving as a new file ensures that you preserve the original PDF without any modifications.

That’s it! You now have the knowledge and tools to mark up PDFs on your Mac using Preview.

Whether it’s highlighting, adding notes, drawing shapes, or signing documents, Preview offers a range of features to make your PDFs more interactive and informative. So go ahead and start exploring the possibilities of marking up your PDFs with ease!

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