How to Work on a Google Classroom PDF Assignment on a Chromebook using Adobe Acrobat Reader

by Jerrad Gleim | Apr 1, 2022 | Tutorials, Video Tutorials | 6 comments

Here are some short videos for EVSC students on how to install Adobe Acrobat Reader on their Chromebook, how to add Google Drive access to Adobe Acrobat Reader, how to add text, highlights, drawings and other objects to a PDF, and then turn in the PDF in Google Classroom.

QUICK TIP: Watch the first video before watching the second video.  The beginning of the second video assumes you have installed and setup Google Drive in Adobe Acrobat Reader.  The first video shows how to do this. 👍

How to install Adobe Acrobat Reader on a Chromebook and add access to Google Drive


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  • 0:00 – How to install Adobe Acrobat Reader from the Google Play Store. Adobe Acrobat Reader is now automatically installed on all EVSC Chromebooks.
  • 0:27 – How to find and open Adobe Acrobat Reader on the Chromebook.
  • 1:04 – How to connect and view Google Drive files and folders in the app.

How to Work on a Google Classroom PDF Assignment on a Chromebook using Adobe Acrobat Reader

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The video shows how to:

  • 0:29 – Open Adobe Acrobat on Chromebook (download from PlayStore)
  • 0:51 – Find PDF in Google Classroom Google Drive folder.
  • 1:05 – Add Comments to PDF. (text, highlights, drawings)
  • 1:17 – Highlight Text
  • 1:23 – Strikethrough Text
  • 1:29 – Underline Text
  • 1:34 – Add Text
  • 1:43 – Draw
  • 1:56 – Change color and thickness of lines
  • 2:14 – Sticky Note
  • 2:25 – How to View Objects, Change Properties, and Delete
  • 2:51 – Move and Resize Objects
  • 3:02 – Undo and Redo
  • 3:33 – SAVE PDF
  • 3:53 – How to Close PDF
  • 4:01 – How to Reopen PDF
  • 4:12 – How to Turn-in PDF in Google Classroom

Questions / Comments

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  1. janit M Market

    No I did not have set for each student to have a copy.

    • Jerrad Gleim

      In order for the file to appear in their Classroom Google Drive folder, you’ll need to make the setting on the PDF where they receive a copy so they get their own unique version of the file.

  2. janit M Market

    When my students look for the file on their chromebooks, they cannot find it. They find the class and all the other docs they have completed, just not my pdf.

    • Jerrad Gleim

      If this PDF is an assignment, did you make it where Classroom makes a copy for each student?

  3. Christina Bartley

    My class downloaded and experimented with this today. Several students were unable to use the highlight, strikethrough, and underline feature. It basically gave them a magnified rectangle that moved with their cursor. Any ideas?

    • Jerrad Gleim

      It depends on the document. Check to see if you can highlight using the arrow tool on the text as if you were going to copy the text and paste it elsewhere. If you are unable to use your mouse to copy the text, that’s the reason why those tools were unable to work. When you first open a PDF in Acrobat, it many times asks to read/scan the PDF. Let it read and give it time to finish. Acrobat will many times scan a document and turn pixeled text (from an image or scan) into readable text that can marked up using the Comment tools.


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