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Mendeley Support: Working with PDF Files

Working with PDF Files

You can take notes on documents in Mendeley, as well as highlight portions of them.

1. Highlight a resource title. Click on Notes, in the right hand column of Mendeley Desktop, between Details and Contents.

screenshot of reference in right pane of Mendeley library with Notes tab highlighted

2. Add as many notes as you'd like about the resource.

screenshot of a note that says "Look back at p. 157"

3. Back in Details, scroll down to open the PDF.

screenshot of details about the article in Details tab in Mendeley library with the PDF icon highlighted

4. From here, you can add highlights to portions of the article by clicking and dragging. The left icon highlights text, the middle one highlights text and adds a note, and the right one copies the text to the clipboard.

screenshot of open PDF with section selected and three icons visible - the left one highlights text, the middle one highlights text and adds a note, and the right one copies text to the clipboard

 5. Here is my newly highlighted text.

screenshot with the text now highlighted