How to Add Comments to a PDF on iPad

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1. Open the PDF document in Highlights

Locate and tap the PDF file you want to open in the Highlights document browser:

iPad displaying Highlights document browser.

The PDF opens in a document scene:

iPad displaying a PDF document open in Highlights

2. Select the text or element where you want the comment

If you use an Apple Pencil or mouse, this will bring up the full selection popover:

Text selection popover

If you use your finger, this will bring up the standard selection popover (without color options).

3. Tap the sticky note button in the selection popover

Note icon

The sticky note appears at the selected location and an annotation popover appears:

Annotation popover

4. Type your comment in the popover

Annotation popover with text comment

Click outside the popover to close it. Your comment is now saved in the sticky note in the PDF and the text contents added to your notes which you can easily share.

You can also add comments to other types of PDF annotations including highlighted text and image selections by clicking on them and typing in the text box of the annotation popover.