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Westlaw (Australia) Guide - Annotate your documents

Last Published: January 16, 2020

Personalise your research further and make it even more productive by annotating documents.

Highlighting and notes 

  1. When you select text in a document, a shortcut menu will appear.   
  2. You have the option to save the highlighted text to a folder. When you hover over Save to Folder, a selection of your folders will be displayed. Select a folder to save the highlighted text and document to a folder. 
  3. You can choose to highlight the text in a particular colour. 
  1. To delete a highlight, click on the highlighted text and select Delete Highlight. 
  1. When you print, download or email documents that have highlights, you can include these by selecting the Document and My Annotations option. 

Adding a note to a document 

Document-level notes display at the top of the page, rather than next to the text. These notes remain indefinitely or until you delete them. 

  1. From the document view page, click on the Add note icon from the tool bar and select Add document level note
  1. Write your note in the space provided in the Note box. The maximum number of characters is 3,000. 
  1. Edit a note or delete by clicking Edit.

Adding a note in-line with text 

  1. Highlight the text that you would like to add a note to.
  2. From the shortcut menu that appears, select Add Note.
  1. Write your note in the space provided in the Add Note box and click the Add Note button to save. The maximum number of characters is 3,000 (including spaces). 
  2. The text will be highlighted in the same colour as the note. 
  1. Edit the note by clicking the note and selecting Edit
  2. Delete a note by clicking Delete in the Edit box. 

Save a Snippet 

A snippet is a section of text which may include a quote, legal principal and/or relevant text. Snippets are saved to a folder and when you click on a saved snippet it will take you directly to that section of the document referenced. 

  1. Select a section of text you want to save. 
  2. To save the snippet to a folder that is already created, select the folder from the menu. 
  1. You will receive an alert on the page to state the snippet has been saved. 
  1. To save the snippet to a new folder, select View all Folders.
  1. Select New Folder.
  2. Name the folder and choose the folder’s location, then click OK
  3. Ensure the folder is in the correct location and click Save.
  1. You will then receive an alert on the page to state the selected text has been saved to the folder. 

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