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How do I draw a straight line in Adobe Acrobat?

New Here ,
Nov 12, 2016 Nov 12, 2016

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In all other programs, the Shift key is used. How is this accomplished in Adobe Acrobat?

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New Here , Sep 01, 2020 Sep 01, 2020

Tools | Comment | Drawing Tools (next to the paperclip 'attach files' icon).  Draw your line as you hold down your Shift key.  You can change the colour and thickness etc by viewing the Properties of the line (right click it, select Properties from the resulting short cut menu).

The Pencil icon (draw free form) is used for non straight lines.  

PS I know this is an old request but I suspected others may be lookinghere for a solution 🙂

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Community Expert ,
Nov 13, 2016 Nov 13, 2016

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All lines are straight, by definition. I'm guessing that you mean lines that are parallel to the border of the page.

If that's the case, then it's the same as in those other applications. Just select the Line commenting tool and hold down Shift when using it. It will limit you to 45° intervals.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 31, 2020 Mar 31, 2020

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IT DOES NOT WORK!!!

If I use "comment", select the line tool, hold down "shift" and attempt to draf a straight line, it DOES NOT WORK.

How do I get it to work? Acrobat XI worked so damn well. DC is cumbersome and slow and non-intuitive.

 

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Community Expert ,
Mar 31, 2020 Mar 31, 2020

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That solution works for me. 

Another solution is to set the view to "snap to grid"  

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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New Here ,
Aug 12, 2020 Aug 12, 2020

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And a circle is just a series of many straight lines, right?  Don't be obtuse.  I think all of us here know what it means to want to draw a damn straight line in graphic software.

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New Here ,
Sep 01, 2020 Sep 01, 2020

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Tools | Comment | Drawing Tools (next to the paperclip 'attach files' icon).  Draw your line as you hold down your Shift key.  You can change the colour and thickness etc by viewing the Properties of the line (right click it, select Properties from the resulting short cut menu).

The Pencil icon (draw free form) is used for non straight lines.  

PS I know this is an old request but I suspected others may be lookinghere for a solution 🙂

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New Here ,
Dec 16, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

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This is just what I needed. Thank you!

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New Here ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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Thank You Carl - this is exactly what I was trying to look for. 🙂

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New Here ,
Oct 26, 2021 Oct 26, 2021

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Bless you for a simple, cogent answer.

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New Here ,
Feb 03, 2022 Feb 03, 2022

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Way more helpful than that other wise guy!

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New Here ,
Mar 14, 2022 Mar 14, 2022

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Thank you!  This is the solution!

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New Here ,
Mar 28, 2022 Mar 28, 2022

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Thank you so much!  I'm working on a project and you saved me!!!

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New Here ,
Aug 25, 2022 Aug 25, 2022

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So, which tool DO you use to draw a straight line?  I still haven't found a way to do that.

 

Without the Shift key held down, the Pencil tool draws a wavy line; with the Shift key held down, it doesn't draw anything.  Norhing in the Properties of the line changes this.

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Community Expert ,
Aug 25, 2022 Aug 25, 2022

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Use the "Line" tool in the comments

 

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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New Here ,
Aug 25, 2022 Aug 25, 2022

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Go to Tools, click on Comment under Share and Review.  Now look at your icons above your document in the Comment row. In between the paperclick and the right arrow is a line (circled in pink in my image).  Click on this line icon.  Now click and drag on your document - you will be drawing the line.  If you want your line to be straight hold your shift key.  You can change your line thickness with the multiple line icon (see pink arrow in my image).

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New Here ,
Dec 01, 2020 Dec 01, 2020

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I found it simple!!!!

There is an alternative way for this situation. You can go to tools section, scroll down and find fill and sign. Touch it, you will have all the drawing tools, like straight line, etc..

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Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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Macintosh: I found I could not change pencil colour until AFTER I had drawn a line. THEN I could right-click the line and select 'Properties'.

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