Mendeley 12: How to use different colours for annotations

On the 31st of March 2016 Mendeley improved its annotation affordance, by adding a rainbow of colours that can be used to annotate documents and papers. In fact, users can use 8 colours for annotation purposes.

To use different colours, follow these steps:

  • Click on the icon to open the document in Mendeley

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  • Click on the coloured dot in the top menu to open the box

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  • The colour of the dot changes to the preferred colour
  • Click on the highlight icon (top menu)

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  • Mark the text you want to highlight and it is highlighted

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  • to add a comment, click on the comment icon (top menu)

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  • the comments will be in the same colour than the highlighted text

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  • Different colours can be used in the same document

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So, how will you use this affordance of Mendeley? I can suggest two ideas:

  • Use it for your own research to quickly identify various ideas you have identified – eg, methods in green, concepts in blue, etc.
  • Allocate a colour to a team member to easily find the text highlighted by a certain team member when you use the group function.

Please like if you found these instructions helpful or comment to suggest improvements.  Have fun!

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