Monday, May 4, 2009

How to Flatten or Embed Comments in a PDF using Acrobat©

Most often than not, I implement all my comments to PDF files (such as manuscript proofs) using the many rich features of Adobe’s Acrobat Professional. However, I always prefer to “flatten” these comments that is, make them a permanent part of the PDF document. There are a few methods for doing this, but by far, the fastest and most clever is this one, found on PlanetPDF

  1. In Acrobat professional, type “Ctrl + j” to invoke the java script dialog
  2. In that dialog, type: this.flattenPages();
  3. press “Ctrl + Enter”


Don’t forget to save your document.

Cite as:
Saad, T. "How to Flatten or Embed Comments in a PDF using Acrobat©". Weblog entry from Please Make A Note.


  1. Grand Merci de Tampa, Floride.... ça sauve beaucoup de travaille pour notre equipe!

  2. Excellent men thanks so much, now I need to figure out how to hack my blackberry hahaha thanks for share again.

  3. After 20 mins look for this on the internet and getting no where, this tip worked perfect straight away and was easy to do. Thanks

  4. Impressive and attractive posting. I enjoyed it. I think others will like it & find it useful for them. Good luck with your work
    I really like this tips, they help to use better the computer!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing that tip! I have Acrobat 8 Pro so Ctrl-J didn't bring up the JS editor; it brought up the JS debugger. I had to go to Advanced, Document Processing, Edit All JavaScripts to load the editor, then I copied and pasted the script from step 2 there, pressed Ctrl-Enter, THEN it worked. Yay!

  6. Acrobat 9: From the Left Hand Navigation pane, click PAGES > Right click page thumbnail > select "Page Properties" > select "Actions" tab > From Select Action pull-down list, select "Run a JavaScript" > Click "Add" > Paste this.flattenPages(); in JavaScript Editor dialog box > Press "Ctrl+Enter"

  7. It even works with my old Mac (just press Command-J instead of Ctrl-J). Many thanks!

  8. Acrobat 10.1.10: Tools > Javascript .. Then when the Javascript panel opens > Set Document Actions. From there, I assigned the code to when the document is saved.