Can I comment on PDFs using the free Adobe Reader?

[ 07-Jan-2013: Post updated for Reader XI]

The short answer is Yes. Get Reader XI.

The long answer is also Yes.

  • Add Sticky notes and highlights to any PDF using Reader X.
  • All Commenting and Markup tools are available in Reader XI. So if you haven’t already, update to Reader XI.

In older versions of Reader, the complete set of commenting and drawing markup tools are available if:

  • If the author has extended the PDF for Reader. Ask the author to save as Reader Extended PDF  ( In Acrobat X or XI, File > Save As > Reader Extended PDF > Enable Commenting & Measuring)
  • PDF is under email review. (Email review automatically extends the PDF for Reader users)
  • PDF is under a shared review workflow.

I hope that helps.


  1. #1 by Steve on January 26, 2015 - 11:58 am

    Thanks for all Adobe family

  2. #2 by oyun oyna on January 26, 2015 - 8:22 pm

    I’m a writer/author and my editor likes to use Adobe Reader for editing/commenting my work. This is a frustrating process for me since it seems that Reader has a tough time where there are a lot of comments. I’m currently working on a piece that has over 500 comments for the entire document. Some of the issues I’m seeing are:
    – Slowness to scroll
    – Slowness to respond to clicks
    – Clicking the up/down arrows on the scroll bar sometimes causes scrolling through multiple pages instead of next/previous comment.
    – It doesn’t keep track of where I left off. I always have to go hunting for where I left off, even though I save before exiting.
    internetten oyun oyna
    Thx for your time in looking at these issues

  3. #3 by Natasha on February 17, 2015 - 7:33 pm

    My Reader won’t update normally so I can’t even do this, and commenting on PDFs is the biggest thing I’d like to do. Oh well, back to Google…

  4. #4 by bharathkumar on May 16, 2015 - 7:35 am

    sir i felt that i have feel we can rotate a page..we neet it bcz if a page is printed in portiat and landspce..
    plz give rotate option in upcoming version all we are need it.
    try it..we r waiting for that style change..

  5. #5 by Michael on July 2, 2015 - 11:15 pm

    But, not using the browser plugins. Commenting, Highlighting, all disabled.

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