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I have discovered with great surprise that Evince 2.32.0 allows for annotations on a PDF. To my dismay however, I have found no means to delete annotations (no button, no menu, no right-click-menu, nada). How can I delete an annotation then?

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That is because at the moment you can not remove them. Developers are planning this feature for future releases.

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This works for me:

gvfs-set-attribute /path/to/file.pdf metadata::evince::bookmarks ''

(evince 3.4.0, Ubuntu 12.04)

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I can confirm this worked for removing annotations: gvfs-set-attribute /path/to/file.pdf metadata::evince::annotations ''. Evince 3.6.0 / Ubuntu 12.10. –  jon Aug 7 '13 at 21:15

This was actually a limitation of the poppler library, which did not support deletion of annotations (see this bug report).

Removal of annotations in poppler has now been implemented for both qt4 and glib frontends (currently in git master). Hopefully it won't take too long until the problem is fixed for evince.

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Yes. I wonder why using the poppler library. They could simply be displayed as widgets in a column next to the pdf page. –  Benjamin May 11 '12 at 6:14
I don't know. Anyway, this bug should have been fixed in poppler 0.20. –  aroque May 11 '12 at 21:04

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