Circle Annotations

The Circle tool allows you to draw a circle or ellipse on the document. Hold the Shift key while drawing to create a perfect circle. Once placed shapes can be modified by dragging any of the resize handles on the shape.

Creating a Circle Annotation

  1. Select the Circle tool by clicking the on the toolbar, going to Comments > Shape Comments > Circle, or using the shortcut key Ctrl + Alt + C (Command + Alt + C on Mac)
  2. Click and drag to create your shape (Note: Hold the Shift key while drawing to create a perfect circle.)

Annotation Properties

To access the Circle properties right click (Mac: Ctrl + Click) on the annotation and choose Properties in the mouse menu or click on the edit button on the Mini Toolbar. The Circle annotation contains the following property settings.


Line Width - Sets the width of the border line

Style - Sets the style for the border line (i.e. dotted, dashed, cloud, etc...)

Color - Sets the color of the border

Fill Color - Sets the fill color

Transparency - Sets the transparency of the shape

Note / Comment - A note can be added to shapes that will be displayed when hovered over by the mouse

Save as default - When checked this will make the selected appearance settings the default for any new Circle annotations going forward

Locked - When checked prevents the following on the annotation: being moved or resized, editing appearance properties, & deleting the annotation.


Author - Allows you to edit the author

Subject - Allows you to edit the subject

Layer - Only available when the document contains layers. Sets the layer that the annotation belongs to. For more information see Assigning Comments to Layers

Status History

This tab will display and changes to the review status of the annotation including Author, Status, and Timestamp. For more details see Setting Status or Check Marks on Annotations