Sticky Note Annotations

The Sticky Note tool places a note on the document that is hidden until double clicked on or hovered over with the mouse. This is useful if you want to add comments to the document and not have them displayed until needed.

Creating a Sticky Note Annotation

  1. Select the Sticky Note tool by clicking the on the toolbar, going to Comments > Text Comments > Sticky Note, or using the shortcut key Ctrl + Alt + N (Command + Alt + N on Mac)
  2. Click on the page where you would like to add the note. Once placed the Sticky Note properties dialog will be displayed to allow you to add text to the note
  3. Type the text you wish to add in the Note / Comment field
  4. Once finished click on OK to create the note

Annotation Properties

To access the Sticky Note 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 Sticky Note annotation contains the following property settings.


Icon Color - Sets the color of the sticky note icon

Transparency - Sets the transparency of the sticky note icon

Note / Comment - Contains the text added to the Sticky Note

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