Once you complete your signup, you'll be prompted to download Mendeley desktop (or the iOS or Android app).
3. Open Mendeley Desktop and add your PDFs to your library.
4. In your Mendeley library, click the PDF icon or double click the file name to open a document.
5. Read, Highlight and Annotate.
Select tool – use this tool to select text within your document. You can use this to apply highlighting, add a note (see below) or copy and paste relevant passages.
Pan tool – use this tool to navigate around the document. Click and drag to scroll through the document
Note tool – use this tool to create a sticky note at specific locations within the document. Click wherever you want the note to appear. Select the color from the dropdown at the top of the note popup. Once your note is created you'll see a note icon on the paper at the location where you created it. Your note will display in the private annotations field on the right.
Highlight tool – use this tool to apply highlighting to text within the document. Change colors by right clicking on the highlight.
Use the dropdown menu that appears next to the tool to switch between text-based highlighting and rectangle-based highlighting. The latter can be useful for images, graphs, charts, or large sections of text.
Zoom – use these buttons to zoom into and out of the PDF.
Sync - use this button to force Mendeley to perform a sync. This will push any changes you’ve made to your library up to the cloud for storage, making them available on other devices and computers.
You should sync frequently in order to ensure that your most recent changes are saved to the cloud.