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I just got an heavily commented pdf, when I open it in Preview, all annotations (highlights, notes) are "hidden", i.e. do not show up in the left margin. I can display them by clicking on them but I would like to see them all at once without having to click on each of them individually. I couldn't find a menu item but maybe I missed it? Or is there a keyboard shortcut?

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What version of OS X do you have? 10.8 only seems to display highlights and anchored notes in the sidebar. – user495470 Aug 30 '12 at 4:25
I have 10.7.4 and so Preview 5.5.2 – FrenchKheldar Aug 30 '12 at 5:56
Has anyone found a way to do this in 10.8+ yet? – cclark Apr 8 '13 at 18:49
In newer versions of Preview, you can review all annotations by opening the inspector (cmd-I) and selecting the annotations tab. – Juancho Apr 26 '14 at 14:13
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This is a workaround, as I couldn't find a hotkey or menu option to do this. Still, clicking

View > Hide Notes

and then

View > Show Notes

Will show all anotations. I can now see all the annotations without manually clicking them. This worked on Preview 5.5.1.

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Click View or View Menu icon in the upper left, then Highlight and Notes.

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For Preview 8.1, I was also concerned that all my Notes were minimized (their term, not "hidden"). Solution is to change the default (new since 10.7 I think):

View > Highlights and Notes

Once this is toggled, the Notes again show in margins.

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There is a direct shortcut for it now. Cmd + alt + 4

Other shortcuts:

  • See table of contents: Cmd + alt + 3
  • See thumbnails: Cmd + alt + 2
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