How to use the Annotations Toolbar

This article describes the Annotations Toolbar and the various buttons available in it.

Last Updated: Dec 2021

TIP: We have a number of Tools or Apps available from our App Market place. Click here to visit the Marketplace and browse the options.


On this Page:

  1. What is the Annotations toolbar?
  2. What do each of the buttons do?
  3. FAQ's
  4. More support options

What is the Annotations Toolbar?

Adding resources to your call is a great way to make telehealth consults more engaging. Coviu provides several tools for adding these resources to your call, including whiteboards, PDFs, images, and videos. 

When using these tools, the Annotations Toolbar appears above the resources and lets you interact with the resource. The various tools within the Annotations Toolbar are highlighted in the image below.

You also have the ability to select the colour you would like for each tool.

What do each of the buttons do?

1. Point and move

Lets you move the resource around the frame and point anywhere on the resource using your cursor. The client will see your cursor as an orange arrow. Similarly, your client’s cursor will appear on your resource as a teal-coloured arrow.

2. Stickers 

Creates simple shapes which can be added to the resource. There a 6 shapes to choose from, including a tick, cross, smiley face, star, pointer, and question mark:

You can modify the size of the sticker using the drop-down box on the bottom-right of the resource:

3. Draw

Enables a pen for drawing on the resource. Drawings from the practitioner will be teal coloured, while markings from the client will be orange:

The size of the pen can be made larger or smaller on the bottom-right of the resource:

4. Highlighter

Highlighters are an option you can add from our Add-on Marketplace

Use them to highlight specific items you want to share with your client or patient. 


5. Write

Adds text to the resource. Text added by the practitioner will be teal coloured, while text added by the client will be orange:

The formatting of the text can be modified from the bottom-right of the resource:

6. Sign 

Adds a black pen for adding signatures to documents:

You can modify the pen size and clear all signatures from the bottom-right of the resource:

7. Erase


Erase any annotations or markings. The size of the eraser can be modified using the buttons on the bottom-right of the resource:

8. Undo

Removes the last annotation added to the resource.

9. Clear all 

Clears all annotations added to the resource.

TIP: The Clear all button does not remove a signature. You will need to use the Eraser function if you need to remove an eraser.  

10. Zoom in / Zoom out

Changes the size of your resource. Changing the size of your resource will also change the size of your client’s resource.

11. Rotate page

Rotates the resource 90° clockwise or anti-clockwise. 

12. Toggle fullscreen

Expands the resource to fullscreen mode. Toggling fullscreen for your resource will not impact your client’s screen.

13. Download

Download the resource. A pop-up box will appear allowing you to select whether the resource should be saved with annotations or without annotations:



  • Does the client also have the toolbar?
    • The Annotations Toolbar is visible for all participants in the call, including practitioners and clients. Depending on the tool or activity, some features may not be visible to your client.
  • The Annotations Toolbar has disappeared! Where did it go?
    • The Annotations Toolbar will disappear after a few seconds of inactivity. This prevents the toolbar from ever obstructing the view of your resources. Moving the cursor will make the toolbar reappear.
  • I can only see a few buttons! Where are all the other buttons!
    • Sometimes the resource is too narrow to display the full Annotations Toolbar, so some of the buttons remain hidden. This is often the case if you're using a small laptop or an additional menu open (such as the Active Tools menu or the Call Manager). To view the other buttons, simply click the arrow to the right of the Write button.
    • Can I lock or hide the Annotations Toolbar so my client can play with it?
      • Yes. You can hide the Tools+ menu which will also hide the Annotations Bar. Click here to learn how.
    • Are the annotations saved for later?
      • All annotations are saved on the document until the end of the call. Once the call has ended, all annotations will be lost. You can save the annotated resource using the Download button on the annotations bar.
    • Can I change the colour of the pens and other items?
      • Yes. See instructions above.
    • Are there any additional tools available as Apps?
      • The Highlighter is a free App available from the App Marketplace and adds a highlighter to your annotations toolbar.


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    Author: KB