Printing markups using Adobe Acrobat® or Reader®

Applies to:

  • Revu 21
  • Revu 20
  • Revu 2019
  • Revu 2018
  • Revu 2017 & below


You’ve opened a PDF in either Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader, and the markups aren’t appearing on the page when printing.


This happens when the default print setting only prints the PDF and not the markups.


To fix this, change the Comments & Form setting in the in the Print dialog from the default of Document to Document and Markups.

  • Open the PDF file in Acrobat or Reader.
  • Click File > Print.
  • In Acrobat 9 and above, select Document and Markups in the Comments & Forms drop-down list.

    – Or –

    In Acrobat 6, select Document and comments in the Print What drop-down list.

An Alternative Solution

You can also use the Flatten Markups function to permanently merge the markups into the PDF content, which ensures that they’ll always print from within Acrobat and other PDF viewers. This can be useful when sending your PDF to others and need to ensure that the PDF prints correctly.

Because flattening turns your markups into a permanent part of the document, you should enable the option to Allow Markup Recovery (Unflatten) if you’re planning to add to or change your markups.

Also, please note that using the following features on a flattened document will prevent markup recovery even if you have Allow Markup Recovery enabled:

  • Edit Text
  • Search and Replace
  • Erase Content
  • Cut Content
  • Reduce File Size
  • Apply Redactions
  • Color Processing
    If you’re a Revu 21 user, you must have a Core or Complete subscription to access Color Processing. To learn more about Revu 21 subscription features, click here.
  • Repair PDF

For more information, please visit our FAQ about the best practices for flattening and locking your markups.

To flatten markups in Bluebeam Revu and save the PDF:

  • Open the PDF in Bluebeam Revu.
  • Go to Document > Flatten.
  • Select the desired options and click the Flatten button.
  • Click Save As to save the file to a new name or click Save to save to the existing file.


Revu 21

Revu 20

Revu 2019

Revu 2018

Revu 2017 & Below



Follow these steps to fix markups that won’t appear on the page after printing.

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