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Quick Start Guide

Because Chrome is the optimal browser for using Hypothesis, we recommend adding our Chrome extension. Follow the steps below to...

Hosting PDFs for Annotation

You can provide Hypothesis annotation ability on top of PDFs you host online using our PDF.js + Hypothesis project to...

Annotating Locally-saved PDFs

Hypothesis syncs annotations across copies of the same PDF based on a “fingerprint” or unique ID. That means you can...

Where’s my activation email?

Please check your email spam folder. If the Hypothesis activation email is there, please move it to your inbox, since...

Installing the Bookmarklet

For those who use Firefox, Safari, and other browsers, our Bookmarklet provides an easy way to use Hypothesis in the...

How do I change my username?

Please send a request to support@hypothes.is with the username you want (along with a backup in case your desired username...

Who can see my annotations?

Annotations in the Public Layer Annotations are public by default and can be seen and shared by everyone. This includes...

Annotating with Groups

Note: This article describes using groups in the Hypothesis public web app. If you are looking for information about using...

How do I delete my account?

We’re sad to see you go! Send a message to support@hypothes.is from the email address associated with your Hypothesis account. When...

Can I annotate Google Docs?

Google Docs that have been published to the web can be annotated in the published view. If you plan to...

What is the license on annotations?

Public annotations are published under the Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain Dedication. The CC0 Public Domain Dedication allows free copying,...

How do I report abuse?

Hypothesis moderates annotations flagged by users in our Public layer, ensuring that they meet our community guidelines and terms of service....

Hypothesis Proxy Service

The Hypothesis proxy service, also known as “via”, enables the use of Hypothesis in circumstances or environments where that would...

Making an Annotation Private

If you’ve created an annotation in the Public layer or within a group, you can make the annotation private at...

How to Create a Private Group

Private Groups allow you to annotate privately with a group of Hypothesis users. Only group members can see annotations created...

How to Use Domain-level Search

Note: Domain-level search is available when searching for annotations (not on the search bars on our public-facing website, which you’re...

Annotation Basics

If you don’t have a free Hypothesis account yet or need to equip your browser with our extension or bookmarklet,...

Moderation for groups

The creator of a Hypothesis group will have moderation privileges for that group. The workflow is as follows: A user...

How Hypothesis Search Works

When you navigate to the Hypothesis Activity Page you can see annotations and filter them by user, tag, group, URL,...
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