How to move PDF Annotator to a new computer

Got a new computer? Want to move PDF Annotator over to the new computer without losing all your PDF Annotator settings and preferences?

PDF Annotator helps you moving your existing PDF Annotator installation from an old PC to a new PC. This includes all the settings from your existing PDF Annotator installation. Even stamps and custom tools you created in PDF Annotator will get moved.

These are the four steps to move PDF Annotator to a new computer:

1. Export all PDF Annotator settings on the old computer

2. Install PDF Annotator on the new computer

3. Unlock PDF Annotator on the new computer

4. Import your settings on the new computer

Let's look at them, step by step.

1. Export all settings on the old computer

First, on the old computer, start PDF Annotator and click Extras, Settings.

PDF Annotator Settings

In the Settings window, scroll down the list on the left until you see the Export/Import option and click it.

Now, press the Export Settings... button.

PDF Annotator Export Settings

Your settings will all be saved into a single file named PASettings.PAZ. Select a location to save this file, for example, save the file to a USB drive or a Cloud drive like OneDrive or Dropbox. If you choose a cloud drive, of course you will need to have access to that cloud drive on the new computer.

Select location for settings export

If you chose a USB drive to save your PASettings.PAZ file, unplug the drive and take it to the new computer.

2. Install PDF Annotator on the new computer

In this step, we're going to install PDF Annotator on the new computer.

But first, we need to find out, which major version you were using on the old computer. Click Help, About PDF Annotator on the old installation to find the version number.

Find PDF Annotator version number

The number in front of the first dot is the major version number.

If you had installed the major version number 6, than you had installed the latest version of PDF Annotator. This also means that you most probably own a license for the latest PDF Annotator version, and you can skip the next paragraph and continue at the second bullet point.

If you had installed a version number lower than 6, you were running an older version of PDF Annotator, not the latest one. In that case, it is important that you find out if you own a license for the latest PDF Annotator version (maybe you do own one, but you just never upgraded!). Please remember that you can always request your license information.

Please note that in any case, you will need your original license information, consisting of a license number and an unlock key, to install PDF Annotator on the new computer. If you can't find your license, you can request your license information.

Save the downloaded setup to the new computer, and execute it on the new computer.

PDF Annotator Setup

Windows will probably first ask for your permission to run this setup with administrative privileges. Choose Yes to allow it to execute.

In the PDF Annotator Setup, all you need to do is to press Install.

PDF Annotator Setup Wizard

Please wait a moment while PDF Annotator installs.

PDF Annotator Setup is running

Finally, make sure that the Launch PDF Annotator checkbox is checked and press Finish.

PDF Annotator Setup finished

3. Unlock PDF Annotator on the new computer

Now, we need to unlock the new installation using your existing license number and unlock key.

Note: It is recommended to copy your license number and unlock key, all together, into the Windows clipboard before proceeding with the Unlock Wizard.

Copy license information into clipboard

To get to the PDF Annotator Unlock Wizard, click Help, Enter Unlock Key.

Unlock PDF Annotator

Follow the instructions in the Unlock Wizard. First, press Next.

Unlock Wizard

Confirm the Terms of License and press Next.

Confirm Terms of License

If you copied the details into the clipboard as suggested above, you will find the license number and unlock key fields being correctly pre-filled. Otherwise enter them now, or use copy and paste to enter them avoiding typos. Press Next.

Enter license number and unlock key

Enter your name and email address and press Next.

Enter name and email address

Finally, your installation of PDF Annotator has been successfully licensed and unlocked. Press Finish to close the wizard.

License entered

4. Import your settings on the new computer

Finally, we're now going to import the previously exported settings on your new computer.

On the new computer, click Extras, Settings.

PDF Annotator Settings

Scroll down the list on the left until you see the Export/Import option and click it.

This time, on the new computer, press the Import Settings... button.

PDF Annotator Import Settings

Plug in the USB drive you previously exported your settings to, and locate the PASettings.PAZ file.

If you saved to a cloud drive, locate the file, depending on where exactly you saved it.

Press Open to start the import process.

Select location for settings import

Confirm that you want to override all your local settings on the new computer with the settings from the PASettings.PAZ file.

Confirm to override all settings

After clicking OK, PDF Annotator will restart itself. If you had multiple PDF Annotator windows open, make sure to close them manually.

Settings import complete

After PDF Annotator has restarted itself, you will receive a final notice that the settings import has been successful.

Settings import succeeded

You will now find all the settings and tools from your old installation, on your new computer.