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How to Export PDF Annotations as Markdown on iPad

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Highlights extracts highlighted text and other types of annotations from PDFs and lets you export them as Markdown files on your iPad.

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. If the iPad is in landscape orientation, the PDF and your notes will appear side-by-side with the notes on the right:

iPad displaying a PDF document open in Highlights

Your notes contain highlighted text and annotations that have been extracted using specific rules from the PDF.

2. Tap the share icon in top right corner:

This brings up the export menu:

For free users of Highlights, PDF will be the only enabled option in the export menu. Unlock Pro to get access to all options.

3. Select Notes

This brings up the note format menu:

4. Select Plain Text (Markdown)

This brings up the share sheet.

5. Choose where you want to share or save it

If you want to change how Highlights export your annotations, you can change what is included and the appearance of your notes in the note format settings.

You can also create your own sorting order for annotations using color categories.

Markdown is a plain text format and will therefore exclude images when exporting. If your notes contain images, we recommend using the TextBundle format instead.