How to Print Notes on a PDF File with Acrobat, Adobe Reader and Foxit Reader

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Print PDF with notes is not that straightforward, especially when you want specific styles of the printed notes/comments. In this post, we introduce how to print notes on a PDF file with Acrobat, Adobe Reader and Foxit Reader.


The detailed method is posted on Adobe’s blog: Printing Sticky Notes on a PDF.

Excerpt of the method:

Set a Preference to Print Sticky Notes

Acrobat does not normally print sticky notes. You’ll need to change a preference to enable printing of notes.

Choose Edit> Preferences and click on the Commenting category.

A) Choose the Segoe UI font matches print output better
B) Optional: Set Pop-up Opacity to 100%
C) Enable Print Notes and Comments
D) Disable pop-up scrolling (Makes it easier to position notes)

Positioning the Sticky Notes for Print

Acrobat does not provide a 1 to 1 correspondence between the appearance of sticky notes on-screen and your printed output.

I had best results with my document viewed at 75%.

You will need to spend some time positioning the Sticky Notes where you want them to print.
Printing the PDF with the Sticky Notes

To print the document, choose File>Print.

Before clicking the Print button, ensure that you are printing the PDF with the Document and Markups setting.

Note that this is for [[Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Adobe Reader X (Print a comment summary)

Note that you will need at least Adobe Reader X. The method is from Print pop-up comments in place .

The key is that in the Print dialog box click the “Summarize Comments” button.

Foxit Reader (Print a comment summary)

If you prefer a free PDF tool to print the notes/comments on PDF, you may use the Foxit Reader.

The key is to click the “Summarize Comments” button before printing out the PDF.

Eric Ma

Eric is a systems guy. Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.

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