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.

  6. #6 by Cindy on November 23, 2015 - 9:47 pm

    I downloaded Adobe Reader for Android from Google Play Store. I have always prefered Adobe Reader for business n casual work. But the last time it wanted to update; it wanted permission to access my camera. Why is this? These apps are getting way out of control with the amount of access to our privacy and it must stop. I will no longer be updating it but will look for a different pdf program.

    • #7 by Vikrant on December 22, 2015 - 9:05 pm

      Oh, you can use the Camera to scan documents and then convert them to PDF using the Adobe Document Cloud. Give it a whirl, and let us know how it goes.

  7. #8 by Marco Novo on May 22, 2016 - 6:09 am

    I have a pdf with some restrictions in place but not commenting. Commenting is allowed in this particular document. I can highlight and comment on my pc but when I open the file on my ipad I can’t. I tells me the document is protected and edits may not be allowed. I can see the edits I did on my PC but I won’t let me highlight or comment on my ipad.

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