Getting started: Xodo basics

Here you'll find an overview of some toolbars, icons, and other elements of Xodo that you will be interacting with.

Main Screen

You can access these options by tapping in the center of the screen while viewing a document.
Number Name Description
1 Action Bar Displays various options for what you can do with a document in Xodo.
  •  Search: Search for a word or phrase in the current document. 
  •   View Mode: Change the view mode to display either a single page, two pages, reflow, or continuous viewing mode. Change the color to night mode, sepia and more. You can also access thumbnails view, and rotate and crop pages.
  •  Xodo Connect: Invite collaborators to view and annotate this document with Xodo Connect.  
  • Annotation Toolbar: Access annotation tools, including text markup, signatures, and ink.
  • Overflow: Access options to share, edit pages, print, or save a copy of the document.
2 Tab Displays the names of open documents. You can close a document by tapping the  icon on its tab.
3 Page Number Display Displays the number of the page you are currently viewing and the total number of pages in the document. Tap on the number to jump to another page.
4 Thumbnail Slider Displays where you currently are in the document. The blue circle represents your position and the bar represents the length of the entire document. You can hold and drag the blue circle to move to another page.
  •  Bookmark: View and add bookmarks, view the document's outline, and view and edit a list of all annotations.
  •  Thumbnails: View pages in thumbnails grid. Add/duplicate/remove/re-arrange pages, change page rotation and export pages to a different file.

Annotation Toolbar

You can access these options by tapping theAnnotation Toolbar icon on the Action Bar while viewing a document. You can also rotate your screen into landscape mode to view more annotation tools:

Or expand the toolbar in portrait mode on phones:

Number Name Description
5 Annotation Toolbar Displays types of annotations you can make in a document.
  •  Comment Note: Add a comment to the document.
  •  Text Highlight: Highlight existing text.
  •  Text Strikeout: Strikeout existing text.
  •  Text Underline: Underline existing text.
  •  Link: Create link to the website or the page number of the document.
  •  Signature: Sign the document or insert your saved signature.
  •  Ink: Draw free hand on the document.
  •  Eraser: Erase free hand drawings.
  •  Text: Type on the document.
  •  Arrow: Insert an arrow.
  •  Line: Insert a line.
  •  Rectangle: Insert a rectangle.
  •  Ellipse: Insert an ellipse.
  •  Pan: Drag the document around while zoomed in.
  •  Exit: Close the Annotation Toolbar.  
  • Overflow:  Access options to undo/redo.
6 Annotation Options Displays styling options for annotations. Available for all annotation types except for Comment Note, Signature and ink. You can access this window by tapping the annotation button on the Annotation Toolbar, then tapping it again.
  • Color: Change the color and background color of the annotation by tapping the color you want. You can add or delete color swatches by using the + and - buttons.
  • Size/Thickness and Opacity: Use the top row to change your annotation size (for Text) or thickness (for Text Strikeout, Text Underline, and Ink). Use the bottom row to change your annotation opacity.
  • Basic/Advanced: Use to change between basic and advanced options. Advanced options offer more options for color, size/thickness, and opacity.

File Management Options

You can manage your files and folders while on the Browse Folders tab or the Browse All PDFs tab.
7File Management Options
  • Search: Search for specific files or folders.
  • View List: View files and folders in grid view, with thumbnail previews.
  • Overflow: Access other menu options:
  • Reload: Refresh view or search results
  • Sort: Sort files and folders by name or by date modified.
  • Filter: Filter which types of files are listed.
  • Folder: Create a new folder.
  • Blank PDF: Create a new blank PDF.
  • PDF from Image: Create a new PDF from an image already on your device, or by taking a new photo.
  • PDF from Document: Create a new PDF from a document (PDF or non-PDF) stored on your device.

You can access these options by long pressing on a file while on the Folders tab or the All Documents tab. You can also access these options by tapping the Info icon  for the file.
9File Management Options
  • Rename: Change the name of the document.
  • Duplicate: Create a copy of the document.
  • Move: Move the document to another location on your device.
  • Delete: Delete the document from your device.
  • Overflow: Access other menu options:
  • Add to Favorites: add the document or folder to the favorite list.
  • Merge: merge this file with other files
  • Share: Share the document through email, social media, or another app on your device.


  1. Getting started: Xodo basics
  2. Access documents using the system's file picker
  3. Files opened from external SD card are read-only
  4. Accessing files on an SD card
  5. Accessing Google Drive files with Xodo
  6. Accessing OneDrive files with Xodo
  7. Accessing Dropbox files with Xodo
  8. Syncing files between Android and Windows
  9. Creating a new PDF (blank or from an image)
  10. Creating a PDF from a webpage
  11. Creating a folder
  12. Sorting files
  13. Saving a copy of a file with a new name
  14. Moving a file
  15. Deleting a file
  16. Merging Documents
  17. Exporting pages into a new PDF
  18. Adding a document to favorites
  19. Annotations made in Xodo are gone when PDF is opened in another app (Flatten)
  20. Selecting/Highlighting text with smart snapping
  21. Adding a text annotation
  22. Creating a text markup annotation
  23. Adding an ink annotation
  24. Deleting an annotation
  25. Changing the font of a text annotation
  26. Controlling the list of available fonts
  27. Adding a substitute font to Xodo for Free Text
  28. Adding an image
  29. Selecting camera photo size
  30. Exporting summary of annotations
  31. Signing documents and saving signatures
  32. Defining and translating text
  33. Sharing text with other apps (Eg. offline dictionaries, Google Translate, email)
  34. Using full document text search
  35. Using Stylus as Pen mode
  36. Converting handwriting to text
  37. Enabling continuous annotation mode
  38. Cropping pages
  39. Disabling Turn Page on Tap
  40. Changing view modes (scrolling direction)
  41. Disabling maintain zoom level
  42. Reading Mode (Reflow)
  43. Right-to-Left functionality and features
  44. Keeping the screen on while using Xodo
  45. Rotating pages
  46. Inserting pages (blank, image, another document) in a PDF
  47. Changing page order
  48. Jumping to a page
  49. Deleting pages
  50. Adding a page bookmark
  51. Renaming a page bookmark
  52. Sharing and collaborating on files
  53. Getting the public read-only link for a document
  54. Syncing your Xodo web app bookshelf with the Xodo Android app
  55. Translation Limit
  56. Setting Xodo as the default viewer
  57. Copying and pasting annotations
  58. Filter by file type(s)
  59. Viewing in Night Mode (Dark Mode), Sepia Mode and Custom Color Mode
  60. Saving a permanently cropped copy of a file
  61. Saving a password protected copy of a file
  62. Saving a reduced file size copy of a file
  63. Why do pictures in pdf files look paler?
  64. Changing edit mode for text annotations
  65. Locate the folder containing the current file
  66. Disabling page number indicator
  67. Enabling copy annotated text to note
  68. Convert other format file(jpg, png, docx) to PDF
  69. Log out from Xodo Connect
  70. Sharing documents via other apps
  71. What is my Xodo Version?
  72. Can I open a template and save as?
  73. Disable Auto-select annotation.
  74. Undo/Redo
  75. New PDF from Multiple Documents
  76. I can no longer fill out form fields with date format, why?
  77. Read Text in PDF File (text to speech)
  78. Full screen mode
  79. Delete all annotations in a document
  80. Document files not displayed correctly
  81. Saving a file to SD Card
  82. Viewing the Table of Contents (document outline)
  83. Quick menu buttons cheat sheet
  84. Changing language for read function (text to speech)
  85. Changing speech rate for read function (text to speech)
  86. Help us improve Xodo
  87. Expand/ collapse folder in All Document
  88. Open reading file folder
  89. Link Tool
  90. Changing file preview size
  91. Stylus and Fingers
  92. Keyboard Shortcuts
  93. Duplicating a page
  94. Change style of an annotation (color, thickness, opacity)
  95. Setting an annotation style preset
  96. Adding favorite colors
  97. Annotation color picker
  98. Highlighting anything on a document
  99. Delete/Flatten multiple annotations
  100. Why are my files saved as duplicates instead of rewrite the original PDF?
  101. Creating fillable form fields
  102. Custom rubber stamp
  103. Adding a ruler annotation
  104. Creating sound annotations
  105. Attaching file to another file
  106. Modifying page labels
  107. Viewing separate OCG layers
  108. Measuring distance and area on a document
  109. Take a screenshot of a page
  110. How to disable drawing suggestions
  111. Impact of clear Xodo's app data
  112. How to enable pressure for ink?

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