I'd love to use Acrobat X for making editorial comments to research papers, if using “Annotations” weren’t so annoying. It becomes incredible annoying when I need to make a lot of corrections to text. Only one keyboard shortcut would solve the problem. But I can’t find information about such a shortcut. Maybe you know?
The needed keyboard shortcut is following: being in the text selection mode, put text cursor in the text of the PDF document.
Explanation. When commenting text I naturally use keyboard. But after typing each comment/correction by using “Annotations”/“Replace” tool, the text cursor vanishes from the document. So I have to take mouse and klick on the text to continue making comments. The same happens when I select “Hightlight text” tool: the text cursor disappears. Imagine you edit text in some text editor, and after making each single correction you have to klick on text with the mouse. This is how annoying it is for me when using Acrobat X / “Annotations”.
If there were a keyboard shortcut which puts the text cursor in the PDF document, e.g. in the place of last editing, it would help me a lot.
I'm not sure this is what you're looking for but when you have the Selection tool active - to select text, you can use the Insert and/or Delete keyboard command to add text editing comments to the document. I'm not sure what you're not seeing the cursor -- do you have the following preference unchecked? Edit > Preferences > General "Make Hand tool select text & images"?
Thank you for your reply.
When the selection tool is active and you click on the document, the blinking cursor appears. You can move this cursor with arrow keys and select text by holding Shift key.
When you press Ins or Del on the keyboard, the corrections apply to the text you selected.
If nothing is selected but the cursor is in the text, pressing Ins allows you to insert text at the place of the text cursor.
Thus, when the cursor is in the text of PDF document, you can put an annotation to any place in text by using only keyboard.
After pressing Ins and typing text to be inserted in the PDF document, there is no way how I can proceed to making the next comment, unless I use the mouse.
What it sounds like you want to do is to use the keyboard to click instead of the mouse, which is a feature of your operating system. If you're using Windows, here is an article on how to set this up:
I tried this on Windows 7/Acrobat X, and it works when you turn it an and then press the number 5 on your numeric keypad. Then I was able to get an insertion point in the document and contine adding comments.
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