Quick & Easy Ways to Master Markup Selection

Annotation selection in Revu is a very quick and simple process. You can quickly adjust to any workflow and increase your overall productivity if you learn about the various ways to select and deselect annotations.

Tablet Selection Settings

If you are a Windows tablet user, make sure that you have added the Shift and Escape buttons to one of your toolbars before reading on. These buttons will allow you to use many of the following shortcuts, even if you don’t have a keyboard.
Revu will automatically switch to the Tablet profile when installed on a Windows tablet. From there, you will see the Escape button in the workspace.

For quick access to the Shift button:

  1. Go to View > Toolbars > Customise.
  2. Select Categories from the dropdown menu.
  3. Select Full Screen from the Toolbar
  4. Select Shift from the Commands list, then click the arrow to add the button to the toolbar. Use the up and down arrows to change its place on the toolbar.
  5. Click OK to save your changes.

Go to Customising Revu for more information about toolbars.

The Basics

Selecting a single annotation is as simple as clicking on it. Unless the annotation has a fill colour, it can only be selected by clicking on its edge and not the space it encloses. If the annotation is selectable, your cursor will change to a black arrow.

Select All Annotations

Use shortcut Ctrl+A to select all annotations. Be aware that this also selects annotations across multiple pages.

Deselecting All Annotations

There are two ways to deselect all annotations: either click on a space outside of the selected annotations or press Escape.

Rectangle Select

You can use the Select select tool to draw a rectangle that selects multiple annotations at once. The direction the rectangle is drawn in changes what’s selected. Drawing from left to right selects all the annotations that are contained within the rectangle, while drawing from right to left selects everything intersected by and within the rectangle.
If you’re using the Pan pan tool, you can quickly draw a rectangle without switching to the Select select tool by holding down the Shift key and dragging like you normally would.

Lasso Select

The Lasso tool allows you to quickly free-form the selection of annotations.
Unlike many similar tools, Revu’s Lasso lasso traces a dotted line from the point where you began drawing to your cursor, and automatically closes when you release the mouse button.

To use the Lasso tool:

  1. Go to Edit > Select > Lasso lasso, or use shortcut Shift+O.
  2. Draw any shape you like to select your annotations. This selects all annotations that are within the shape or intersect it.

You can also Lasso-select with the right mouse button (or stylus equivalent) while using an inking tool like the Pen or Highlighter. To enable this feature, go to Settings > Preferences > Tablet > Enable right-click Lasso while inking.

Selecting Multiple Annotations One at a Time

You can also select multiple annotations by using the shortcut Shift+click on each. If you include an annotation you don’t want, Shift+click on the annotation again to remove the selection.

Note: Shift+click can be used in conjunction with any of the markup selection methods listed here to add or remove individual markups from a selection.
This shortcut is great when a rectangle or free-form selection won’t do an adequate job. For example:

  • The annotations you need to edit aren’t in the same vicinity.
  • You need to omit certain annotations within a page region.
  • You can point and click on annotations faster than you can draw a selection.
  • You selected multiple annotations with a different method, but found that you need to add one or two others to the selection.
  • You accidentally selected the wrong annotations.

Markups List

At the bottom of the Revu interface is the Markups List, containing a list of all annotations in a document, as well as more detailed information and sorting tools. Selecting an annotation in this list also highlights and selects it on the page.
Note: This also works the other way around: selecting an annotation on the page also selects and highlights its corresponding line item in the Markups List.
Selecting from the Markups List is incredibly useful when the document you’re working on is cluttered. By using the Sort, Filter, Search and Columns features, you can quickly narrow down the list and find what you need.

Additional details about the Markups List can be found in the Revu Manual.

There are a couple of selection methods available in the Markup List.
The first is Ctrl+click, which allows you to select multiple consecutive or non-consecutive annotations in the list individually. If you need to remove individual selections, you can do so by using Ctrl+click a second time.
The second method allows you to select a group of consecutive annotations by clicking on the first annotation, then holding down Shift and clicking the last annotation. This selects both of the annotations you clicked on and everything in-between.

Selecting the Primary Annotation

Have you ever noticed that the control points on your annotations sometimes have different colours? These colours actually have different meanings. Yellow control points designate a primary annotations, while green control points designate a secondary annotation.

Simply put, the primary annotation acts as a reference point, which is important for certain Revu features like Alignment tools that require a specific annotation to align to. Primary annotations are also important for annotation grouping.

There are a few things to keep in mind when working with primary annotations:

  • If you select multiple annotations, the first will be the primary annotation by default.
  • To change the primary annotation, click on a annotation with green control points. This allows you to use any selection method in conjunction with the Alignment toolbar or the Markups List.
  • You can also change the primary annotation by right-clicking, which has the advantage of bringing up the Alignment context menu for easy access.


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