Adobe Document Cloud

Insights, trends, news and more.

December 17, 2015 /Adobe Acrobat DC /Learn /

The Ins and Outs of Summarizing Comments

In my technical publishing workflow, I have done my very best to convince my clients of the beauty and efficiency of PDF commenting. And for those people who are my direct contacts, it works! They read my instructions, perhaps watch a quick tutorial video, and they are faithfully using the commenting tools to mark up the documents I send them. But then, comes the inevitable question: “How do I print out the document along with the comments?” While my client and I can see the comments just fine right within Acrobat, the backstory is that someone at his office (the boss) wants the hardcopy of the document, complete with comments.

Option 1

“Print Comment Summary” is located inside the Print Dialog box. However, it offers no options whatsoever for customizing the comment appearance.

Create Comment Summary-Short_Page_1_Image_0001

Option 2

A better choice is “Create Comment Summary,” which is tucked away inside the Comments Pane Option button.

The Create Content Summary dialog box gives you a variety of options to suit your needs. You can choose between four different layouts of how you want your comments displayed. Notice how the icons to the left of the bullet points change to illustrate each layout. The first two layouts include connector lines, and you can choose the connector line color and opacity.

Create Comment Summary-Short_Page_2_Image_0001

Choose a Layout

The Create Comment Summary dialog box gives you a variety of options to suit your needs. You can choose between four different layouts of how you want your comments displayed. You can even choose how large you want the font size of your comments to be.

Create Comment Summary-Short_Page_3_Image_0001

For a detailed article on “Create Comment Summary, and the plethora of customizations it offers, head on over to and read my in-depth instructional article.

Adobe Acrobat DC, Learn


  • By federico platon - 3:57 AM on December 18, 2015   Reply

    Excellent article full of details and tips. Thanks.
    I get requests for a simple function of extracting, as a digest, the highlighted text of a document in PDF form. They wish to read pages with that highlighted text only. I am afraid Acrobat does not provide an answer for such simple task.

    • By Document Cloud Team - 9:04 AM on December 18, 2015   Reply

      Hi federico,

      There is an Action that you can run (if you are using the Pro version) that will automatically extract pages with highlights in your document. You can find the Action here:


    • By حل تمرین فصل سوم فیزیک دهم - 4:37 PM on January 10, 2017   Reply

      so helpful ! Thanks Kelly

    • By Adana SEO - 2:53 PM on April 21, 2017   Reply

      I use v.4 but I did not find that button

  • By Hannah - 12:15 PM on March 12, 2016   Reply

    Hi, can you guys help me?

    My comments pane option button does not give me the option to ‘create comment summary’. I’ve tried different files but t’s just not there!

    I have the latest version of Acrobat Reader DC. Any ideas?

    • By Document Cloud Team - 9:02 AM on March 14, 2016   Reply

      Hi Hannah,

      You can find the Summarize Comments button in the Print dialog for Adobe Reader.


  • By Angie - 3:36 AM on November 20, 2016   Reply

    Great tips. Thanks

  • By وب درس - 3:44 PM on January 11, 2017   Reply

    thanks !

  • By Samantha - 6:43 PM on January 22, 2017   Reply

    I too am running the newest Adobe DC and don’t have the specific options under “summarize notes” from the print screen which is the ONLY place I can find to even create the summary. Is it not a feature on this version. I really want to use this and am using it to highlight a GIANT textbook so printing only the comments would help me greatly. Thanks in advance.

    • By Document Cloud Team - 5:05 PM on February 8, 2017   Reply

      We don’t have option “Summarize Notes”, we have “Summarize Comments” and is only available on print dialogue window. Help us with the version you are using on your machine, is it Acrobat or Reader?

      And to export the comment summary, open the document. Go to Tools>Comments. In the comment summary section click on drop down and choose create comment summary.
      You will only be able to see this option active if you have comments on the document. Markups won’t help. ^TD

  • By Alan Isaac - 1:51 PM on March 25, 2017   Reply

    Acrobat Pro 11.0.19, Win 10, is creating comment summarizes with the comments in tiny (5pt?) font. The font size in not responsive to the comment preferences.

    • By Document Cloud Team - 6:58 PM on April 13, 2017   Reply

      Hi Alan! Please install the latest update first and then under comment preferences try to change the fonts size. If that does not work, restart Acrobat and try again. If the issue persists you may report this issue on the forums: ^TD

    • By Halı - 9:07 AM on April 29, 2017   Reply

      thanks for doing…

  • By clara - 10:40 AM on April 13, 2017   Reply

    Thanks for doing all this for us.

  • By Balke - 6:43 AM on April 20, 2017   Reply

    I like the layout of comments and it is very good and easy to use.

  • By Onur UNURU - 11:58 AM on April 22, 2017   Reply

    Great. Thanks.

  • By Hali Sikma - 2:39 AM on May 1, 2017   Reply

    Why do they need to be printed with comments?

  • By Streç Flim - 1:35 PM on May 7, 2017   Reply

    Excellent article.

  • By Baskılı Poşet - 4:59 AM on May 13, 2017   Reply

    Excellent article.

  • By Hidromek Makina - 4:34 AM on May 27, 2017   Reply

    Perfect Thanks

  • By İstanbul Evden Eve - 4:19 PM on June 16, 2017   Reply

    Thanks Kelly…

  • Thank you for all the releases and especially how you choose to communicate through the blog to support us all.

  • By Học Java - 2:12 AM on August 8, 2017   Reply

    Great article. Thanks for your sharing!

  • By hizlifilmfullizle - 6:05 AM on August 30, 2017   Reply

    thanks for doing thank you so much

  • By microsoft office setup - 2:48 PM on September 18, 2017   Reply

    Nice post.Thank you for sharing such a nice post