How to make comments permanently appear on PDFs rather than icons

How can I make a comment that I have written on a PDF as a permanently visible sticky note rather than an icon which only displays the text when someone clicks on it or hovers over it?  I want the comment to be visible at all times so that when it is printed or viewed on screen, it shows the full comment.

I am using Adobe Pro DC.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Edit the PDF in Adobe and then Insert Text. You can circle / highlight a block and then comment on it.

Save the PDF and re-save it  I comment on PDF's this way for Board / Management members.

Followup:  You need to click on the Adobe, Tools menu to see Edit PDF.
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u587162Author Commented:
Doesn't quite have the same options in Adobe Pro DC version.  Besides, I dont want a text box I need to comment to show.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Edit is the same in Pro, Standard DC versions.

If you want a JPG, make a screenshot of the Sticky Note and Insert Picture. Sticky Notes are not a graphic format or standard Adobe input so you would need to do something like that.
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u587162Author Commented:
Its not what I am looking for or what I am asking.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The is no way I know of to add a Sticky Note into Adobe so far as I know. Not the correct format for Adobe.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> I want the comment to be visible at all times so that when it is printed or viewed on screen, it shows the full comment.

Here are the steps in Acrobat Pro DC:

Tools
Comment
Add text box — the "T" with a box around it...looks like this:

Acrobat Pro DC text box tool
Left click and type whatever you want in the comment text box, such as:

Acrobat Pro DC text box always visible
Regards, Joe
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
That is what I noted above but the Author does not want this.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi John,
That is what I noted above
Not really. In your first comment, you said "Insert Text" via Tools>Edit PDF. That's very different. That's editing the actual text of the PDF, which is not what the asker wants. He wants a comment that is always visible. So it is NOT Tools>Edit PDF>Add Text. It is Tools>Comment>Add text box. Regards, Joe
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u587162Author Commented:
I have a reason to want to use the comment function so that others who also want to reply comment can also add it there.  I want a threaded comment box not a text box
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
> use the comment function so that others who also want to reply comment can also add it there.  I want a threaded comment box not a text box

OK, so you want to use the Add sticky note Comment tool to build up a thread when users hit Reply, then Post, and you want the sticky note with the complete thread of comments to be always visible. If I got that right, the answer is, you can't do it, as far as I know. Regards, Joe
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes, there no way to do this with a Sticky Note.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You can experiment with the various Pop-Up and Comments options in Edit>Preferences>Commenting:

Acrobat Pro DC preferences commenting
But I could not get any of them to do what you want. Regards, Joe
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Seems to me that this is one of those cases described in this EE support article:
http://support.experts-exchange.com/customer/portal/articles/755964

To quote the article: "Sometimes, the unfortunate truth is that what you’re asking isn’t possible. While “you can’t do that” is never what an asker wants to hear, that doesn’t make it any less true. If the experts tell you that what you’re trying to accomplish isn’t possible, they are still giving you a correct answer, so make sure you close your question properly by awarding points to the expert who provided this answer."

We eventually came down to the clarification in this thread that the asker wants to use the "Add sticky note" Comment tool to build up a thread when users hit "Reply", then "Post", and wants the sticky note with the complete thread of comments to be always visible. I believe that this is one of those cases where the answer is "you can’t do that", but if anyone can prove otherwise, please let us know. In the meantime, I selected the "you can’t do that" posts. There is no "Best" answer, so I chose the first such post as the Accepted Solution and the others as Assisted Solutions, but I split the points evenly between the two participating experts. Regards, Joe
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