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.
    – Lri
    Aug 30, 2012 at 4:25
  • I have 10.7.4 and so Preview 5.5.2 Aug 30, 2012 at 5:56
  • Has anyone found a way to do this in 10.8+ yet?
    – cclark
    Apr 8, 2013 at 18:49
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    In newer versions of Preview, you can review all annotations by opening the inspector (cmd-I) and selecting the annotations tab.
    – Juancho
    Apr 26, 2014 at 14:13

4 Answers 4


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.


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


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.


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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