I have a PDF document with a lot of notes. There is a yellow square in every note, and if I remove the note using the inspector, the yellow squares doesn't go away:

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I need to print this document and it's unusable with all these yellow squares. How do I remove them?

PS: I already removed the notes, but there are still yellow squares.


Here is how you can remove the notes from the linked document.

  1. Open the linked document in Preview.
  2. control click on the note icon and select Delete Annotation.


  1. Open the linked document in Preview.
  2. Click the note icon, which opens the note.
  3. Press the esc key to dismiss the note but leave the note icon highlighted.
  4. Press the delete key.


  1. Open the linked document in Preview.
  2. Click: Preview > Tools > Show Inspector
  3. Click: Annotations Inspector
  4. Click the Type column, so all the notes are at the top.
  5. Select all the notes, then press the delete key.

Annotations Inspector

I've uploaded a modified copy of the linked document here.

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    I already deleted the notes, the problem is that the yellow square doesn't get deleted if I delete the note. – Ramy Al Zuhouri Oct 16 '16 at 11:25
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    @Ramy Al Zuhouri, All I can say is, I downloaded the linked PDF document, opened it in Preview and tested the three methods I've presented in the answer and in all cases the note icon was deleted along with its yellow color. Nothing was left behind from the deletion of the notes. The only yellow remaining in the document is in the signature field however this is not a note nor did I see a way to change it. I've uploaded a modified copy of the linked document here. – user3439894 Oct 16 '16 at 12:56
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    I've found out what was the problem: if I delete a note, the yellow square doesn't disappear. But if I save, close and reopen the document I don't see it anymore. It's probably a bug. – Ramy Al Zuhouri Oct 21 '16 at 23:03

MacOS 10.14.1, preview v10.1

For me the yellow boxes stayed on the screen.

The only way for me to remove them:

  1. selecting the note (a gray line appears around the yellow box)
  2. press Fn-Delete

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