I am trying to markup a PDF that I have in Okular. I would like to make a lot of notes with my Bamboo tablet, but every time I lift the pen, I go back to the default mode. This obviously defeats the purpose.

Is there a way to stay in Annotation mode across strokes? Or is there another tool in Ubuntu that will do what I want? Thanks!

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With a single left mouse button click on an annotation tool button you can use a tool once. If you e.g. want to highlight all important parts of a text, you can activate that tool permanently by double clicking on the tool button. Press the Esc key or click the tool button again to leave the permanent mode.

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    Thanks! Was that in the documentation somewhere? I couldn't find it.
    – skaz
    Jun 12, 2015 at 17:14
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    No problem, right there: docs.kde.org/stable4/en/kdegraphics/okular/annotations.html Jun 12, 2015 at 17:16
  • don't feel bad, I had the same exact experience! Jun 12, 2015 at 19:23
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    yep there is no indication in the UI that the annotation mode is temporary or permanent...quite unintuitive and should be fixed!
    – jbu
    Mar 17, 2019 at 21:11
  • It seems that the double-click stopped working with the new version (using now 20.12.3)?. Is there another way to do it?
    – cerebrou
    Mar 26, 2021 at 11:05

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