How to Track Changes in your PDF

Did you know that you could actually track changes and monitor your PDF? Coding is not required and these changes can be as simple as showing markups on the review tab similar in Word. The software you will need for this is Adobe Reader, free software that can read, open, and annotate your PDF file. This tool can also track the changes in a PDF just by enabling comment and markup but of course, the original author of the document should be able to provide the same authorization to the reader to add comments.

Just like Word documents, the changes that can be tracked down includes annotation features such as editing, strikethrough, comment, and highlighting words.

How to Track Markups

Step one: Open the file using the Adobe Reader software.

Step two: Click “View > tool > Comment > Open”

Step three: A new toolbar will appear on top. You can use any of these to highlight, comment, strikethrough, insert, draw, erase, add a stamp, add an attachment, and add shapes. When you add comments or do any changes like highlighting the item, a history of changes will appear on the right.

How to Secure your PDF

If you’re looking for something that guards your document against being edited out, perhaps markups and annotations aren’t for you. You can try adding encryption instead to keep your data secured. Of course, this only works if you are the author and creator of the document.


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