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Using the Annotation Tool

Brightspace allows you to annotate document submissions inside of your course without having to download anything.  Below is an overview of the Annotation tool and its features.

STEP 1: In the Assignment tool, click the down arrow next to the assignment name and then click View Submissions.

STEP 2: Click on a student submission.

STEP 3: In the toolbar above the document, clicking on the icon on the far left will toggle a frame that gives a preview of the pages in the document.

STEP 4: To navigate from one page to the next, you have the option of using page selection buttons in the toolbar.

STEP 5: When the hand icon is selected, you can click on the document and drag it up or down to navigate between pages.

STEP 6: The magnifying glass icons will allow you to zoom in and out on the document.

STEP 7: The Fit Width/Fit Page button is a zoom function that toggles the paper view from fitting the whole page into the frame, or fitting it to the width of the frame.

STEP 8: The Pen button first allows you to write free-hand on the document with your mouse.  Once Pen is selected, a toolbar containing color, width, and transparency settings will appear.  Simply click and drag to write on the document.

STEP 9: The Highlighter button allows you to highlight free-hand on the document with your mouse.  Once Highlighter is selected, a toolbar containing color, width, and transparency settings will appear.  Simply click and drag to highlight on the document.

STEP 10: The Note button allows you to place a marker on the document that will then show the student an instructor note when the student hovers over the marker.  Once the Note button is selected, a toolbar containing color, and marker icon settings will appear.

STEP 11: The Text button allows you to add text anywhere on the document.  Once the Text button is selected, a toolbar containing color, transparency, font type, font size and text alignment settings will appear.

STEP 12: The Line button allows you to add a line anywhere on the document.  Once the Line button is selected, a toolbar containing color, transparency, thickness, and line type settings will appear.

STEP 13: You can print the document by clicking the Print button.

STEP 14: To search the text of the document, click the Magnifying Glass on the right side of the toolbar.

STEP 15: To download the document, click Download.

If you have any questions about this tool, please contact Brightspace Support at brightspace@vanderbilt.edu.