In our last issue, we were looking at the Crop Pages feature in PDF
Annotator. Today I want to walk you through the opposing feature: Adding Margins to PDF Pages.
Why Add Margins?
There are several reasons to add margins to a document. For example, you may not want to place your annotations or
stamps directly over the text of the document, but the side, top or bottom margins are too narrow. Adding an extra
margin will give you more room.
How to Add Margins
Open a PDF document in PDF Annotator. This can be either a single page or a multiple page document.
Click on Edit on the command bar at the top of the program, then scroll down to either Page
or Document. You will then scroll over and down to Add Margins on the menu
that opens; now, click on it. If you scrolled to Page first, then the dialog box will default
to single page settings for the page that is showing. The selected page will have an orange outline. If you
chose Document, the default choices will all pages. The settings can be changed in either case.
Once you have clicked on Add Margins you will be given a dialog box that allows you to make
your changes. You can change the settings for all four margins or any combination of margins. You will see the
results in a preview picture of your page; additionally, you will see the new dimensions of the page below the
preview. While you can enter the desired dimension directly in the margin boxes, if you use the up and down
arrows to change the margins, you will see them changing in the preview window. You might want to do this if you
need more precision in setting the additional margin space.
Click on the OK button and your changes will be applied. If you decide that the result is not what you wanted,
click the Undo arrow to reset the margins and try again.
You can now add your annotations in the extended margin space.
Using Page Cropping and Margin Addition Together
In a previous article we demonstrated how to crop pages in a PDF
document. Now, put that together with adding margin space. For example, crop the left side of your
document ¾ inch, then add ¾ inch to the right margin. The additional space can be used to add
sidebar comments in a text box and still keep your document in the original page width.