Sometimes you'll have a really good idea about what you want to do to a PDF, but there won't be a tool that lets you do this. Luckily, there are sometimes ways to attain that effect with the tools at your disposal and some creative thinking.

Here are uncommonly known tools, settings, and some nifty workarounds to make things faster and life easier when annotating your files.


Deleting Multiple Annotations

There are three ways to achieve this.

  • Select Annotations tool

  • Delete All Annotations

  • Export with "No Annotations" setting.

The first one is what you need to use to select multiple annotations at the same time. Use the Select tool and choose Selects Annotations. This will let you click and drag over annotations, thus selecting them to be moved, edited, or deleted. Do note that you cannot select Comment annotations with this.

Next up is the Delete All Annotations function. This can be found inside the dropdown selections under the Menu button. This will clear all annotations in the entirety of the file.

And lastly, if you need a fresh copy of the file without any annotations, exporting the file and selecting Original, No Annotations setting will do the trick. Keep in mind that flattened annotations and any other elements that exist within the file that aren't made with Kami annotation tools will remain unchanged.


Editing existing text

One of the most common requests we get in Kami is "How do I edit the text that is already in my file"?. Kami cannot directly affect any texts that exist in the file that was made using other apps, such as Google Doc. However, there is an easy workaround via the Text Box tool.

  1. Create a text box using the Text Box tool.

  2. Set the box fill to white.

  3. Stretch the box out so that it blocks out the text you want to remove.

  4. Type in the new text.

Once that edit has been made, you can export the document with flattened annotations and that edit will be embedded into the document. For help with exporting documents see the article here.

You can use the same method to cover other elements. Use the Shapes tool and fill it with a color if you don't need any text.

Be wary when you share the file with other users. If you use this method to cover text or any element on the page, you need to flatten the annotations first, or else other users can simply hide your annotations and they will see what's behind them.


More settings for Shapes

Simply select your shapes to access additional settings. This is how you create arrows.


Grouped Equation annotations

If you need your Equation annotations to be grouped together or combine with plain text, use the Text Box tool to create a text box, then use the formula button from the text format minibar that appears on the top side.


Hide collaborators' annotations

Easily hide all annotations made by a specific collaborator by pressing their user profile initials that are located at the bottom right-hand corner on a shared file. Pressing it again will reveal the annotations again.


Presentation mode alternative

Presentation mode doesn't currently allow the user to zoom in and out, or access Kami's own toolbar. However, there is a way to get a more presentation-friendly view while maintaining that access.

  1. Click the "Customize and control Google Chrome" button in the top right of Chrome.

  2. Select the full-screen option.

This will hide your desktop taskbar while widening your chrome app to cover the whole screen. This of course allows the user to change zoom level and use the toolbar normally. A pretty nice way of presenting during an online video call while sharing your screen.


Want to know if something is possible in Kami, or have your own workaround to a problem? Let us know at support@kamiapp.com

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