Callout Annotations

The callout tool creates a text note with an arrow on the document that can point to a specific spot on the page. The text is contained within a box that is created when placing the callout on the page. Once placed you can move the arrow or resize the box to reflow the text within the as well as edit additional properties using the Quick Properties or Mini Toolbars.

Creating a Callout

  1. Select the Callout tool by clicking the on the toolbar, going to Comments > Text Comments > Typewriter, or using the shortcut key Ctrl + Alt + W (⌘ + Alt + W on Mac)
  2. First click where you would like the point of the arrow to be placed then move the cursor to where you would like the attached text box to be placed
  3. Type the text you wish to add in the callout
  4. To finish press Esc or click elsewhere on the document

Annotation Properties

To access the Callout 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 Callout annotation contains the following property settings.


Border Width - Sets the width of the border line

Style - Sets the style for the border line (i.e. dotted, dashed, cloud, etc...) Note: When choosing the cloud style on a callout only changes the text box. The line and arrow will remain solid

Border Color - Sets the color of the border

Fill Color - Sets the fill color

Text Color - Sets the text color

Horiz Align - Sets the horizontal alignment of the text

Vertical Align - Sets the vertical alignment of the text

Font - Sets the font of the text

Size - Sets the font size of the text

B - Makes all of the text Bold

I - Makes all of the text Italic

Note / Comment - Contains the text added to the Callout

Save as default - When checked this will make the selected appearance settings the default for any new Callout 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