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Highlighting, Annotating

Zotero 6 (released March 2022) has a built-in PDF reader that allows users to open PDFs in a new tab, easily navigate between PDFs and the library, highlight, annotate them, add comments or tags to the highlighted parts and annotations, and extract the annotations into a note. Links in the annotations allow users to quickly find the location of the highlighted sentence or note in the PDF document.

Annotations are stored in Zotero itself, not in the PDF file. They do not appear when the PDF is opened in an external PDF reader. This makes it easier to synchronise annotations for PDFs shared within a group. However, it is possible to export a copy of the PDF with the annotations embedded (File -> Export PDF from the Library view or "Save As" from the PDF reader) and continue working on it outside of Zotero.

PDF annotations added in an external PDF reader will appear read-only in the Zotero PDF reader, but can be imported into Zotero by selecting File -> "Import Annotations..." from within the PDF reader, where they will be fully editable.

You can split the PDF reader horizontally or vertically (right-click or Edit menu ). For example, it may be useful to have the text on one side and the endnotes on the other side.