Add Margins to PDF Pages

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

  1. Open a PDF document in PDF Annotator. This can be either a single page or a multiple page document.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
    Add Margins to PDF Documents
  4. 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.
  5. 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.