Polyline Annotation

The Polyline tool allows you to create shapes and outlines with an arbitrary number of sides on the document. The Polyline works exactly the same as the Polygon only it can have an open ending or side. Hold the Shift key while drawing to make horizontal, vertical, or 45 degree angle lines. Once placed shapes can be modified by dragging any of the resize handles on the vertices of the shape.


Creating a Polyline Annotation

  1. Select the Polyline tool by clicking the on the toolbar, going to Comments > Shape Comments > Polyline, or using the shortcut key Ctrl + Alt + Y (Command + Alt + Y on Mac)
  2. Click where you would like the first line to begin
  3. Continue clicking on the document to create as many vertices as you need (Note: Hold the Shift key while drawing to make horizontal, vertical, or 45 degree angle lines.)
  4. When finished, double-click, press Enter on the keyboard, or right-click and select Complete from the menu to complete the shape

Annotation Properties

To access the Polyline 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 Polyline 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, Polyline, etc...)

Color - Sets the color of the border

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 Polyline 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