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PdfPageFacade Class

Exposes members used to perform various operations on a PDF page without access to its inner structure.

Namespace: DevExpress.Pdf

Assembly: DevExpress.Pdf.v24.1.Core.dll

NuGet Package: DevExpress.Pdf.Core


public class PdfPageFacade


The Pages property returns a list of PdfPageFacade objects used to organize PDF pages without access to their inner structure.

The PdfPageFacade class allows you to perform the following actions:

  • Create, access, and flatten annotations
  • Create destinations
  • Clear page content

Organize Annotations

Refer to the following article for more information about annotations:

Read Tutorial: Annotations in PDF Documents

Add Annotations

The Annotations property retrieves all page annotation properties.

The table below lists available annotation types and API used to create these annotations:

Annotation Class Method
Link PdfLinkAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddLinkAnnotation
Text Markup PdfTextMarkupAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddTextMarkupAnnotation
Sticky Note PdfTextAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddTextAnnotation
Caret PdfCaretAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddCaretAnnotation
Rubber Stamp PdfRubberStampAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddRubberStampAnnotation
Circle PdfCircleAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddCircleAnnotation
Square PdfSquareAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddSquareAnnotation
File Attachment PdfFileAttachmentAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddFileAttachmentAnnotation
Free Text PdfFreeTextAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddFreeTextAnnotation
Ink PdfInkAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddInkAnnotation
Line PdfLineAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddLineAnnotation
Polyline PdfPolyLineAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddPolyLineAnnotation
Polygon PdfPolygonAnnotationFacade PdfPageFacade.AddPolygonAnnotation

The code sample below creates a rubber stamp, file attachment, free text, and a circle annotation:

markup annotations

using DevExpress.Pdf;
using System;
using System.IO;

using (PdfDocumentProcessor processor = new PdfDocumentProcessor())
    // Load a document

    // Access the first page properties
    PdfPageFacade pageFacade = processor.DocumentFacade.Pages[0];

    // Define a rubber stamp rectangle
    PdfRectangle rubberStampRectangle = new PdfRectangle(663, 526, 763, 576);

    // Create a "Draft" rubber stamp annotation
    PdfRubberStampAnnotationFacade rubberStamp =
    rubberStamp.Author = "Jesse Faden";
    rubberStamp.Contents = "Made in PDF Document API";

    // Define a file attachment area
    PdfPoint attachmentPoint = new PdfPoint(52, 550);

    // Specify attachment data
    PdfFileAttachment attachment = new PdfFileAttachment()
        CreationDate = DateTime.Now,
        Description = "This is my attached file",
        FileName = "MyAttach.txt",
        Data = File.ReadAllBytes("..\\..\\FileToAttach.txt")

    // Create a file attachment annotation
    PdfFileAttachmentAnnotationFacade pdfFileAttachment =
        pageFacade.AddFileAttachmentAnnotation(attachmentPoint, attachment,
    pdfFileAttachment.Author = "Nancy Skywalker";
    pdfFileAttachment.Contents = "Additional Content";

    // Specify a free text annotation area
    PdfRectangle freeTextRectangle = new PdfRectangle(14, 321, 145, 340);

    // Create a free text annotation in this area
    PdfFreeTextAnnotationFacade freeTextAnnotation =
       pageFacade.AddFreeTextAnnotation(freeTextRectangle, "Free Text Annotation");
    freeTextAnnotation.Author = "Rayn Anita W";

    // Add a callout line
    freeTextAnnotation.SetCallout(PdfAnnotationLineEndingStyle.OpenArrow, new PdfPoint(152,351));

    // Find the target phrase in the document
    string circleText = "dogfooded";
    PdfTextSearchResults searchResults = processor.FindText(circleText);

    if (searchResults.Status == PdfTextSearchStatus.Found)
        // Define an area around the phrase to add an annotation
        PdfRectangle circleRectangle = searchResults.Rectangles[0].BoundingRectangle;

        // Create a circle annotation in this area
        PdfCircleAnnotationFacade circleAnnotation = pageFacade.AddCircleAnnotation(circleRectangle);
        circleAnnotation.Author = "Cardle Anita W";
        circleAnnotation.Contents = "It's better to say 'used' in this case";

    // Save the result

Access Annotations

The Annotations property returns all page annotation properties. You can filter annotation properties, cast them to the corresponding class, and use class properties to modify annotation parameters.

Flatten Annotations

Call the FlattenAnnotations method to flatten page annotations.

The code sample below flattens all annotations that are located on the lower half of the first page:

using (PdfDocumentProcessor processor = new PdfDocumentProcessor())
  // Load a document
  PdfPageFacade pageFacade = processor.DocumentFacade.Pages[0];

  // Flatten annotations located
  // on the lower half of the first page
  double halfPage = processor.Document.Pages[0].CropBox.Top / 2;
  pageFacade.FlattenAnnotations(x => x.Rectangle.Top < halfPage);

  // Save the result

You can also flatten a specific annotation. Use the Annotations property to retrieve a list of annotation objects and call the Flatten() method.

Clear Page Content

Call the ClearContent method to remove content in one or multiple page areas. You can specify what content type to keep in the areas that are to be cleared. To do that, pass the PdfClearContentOptions class object as the method parameter.

Run Demo: PDF Clear Page Content

The code sample below removes only text in the upper half of the first page:


using (PdfDocumentProcessor pdfDocumentProcessor = new PdfDocumentProcessor())
    // Load a document

    // Access the first page properties
    PdfPageFacade pageFacade = pdfDocumentProcessor.DocumentFacade.Pages[0];

    // Define an area to clear
    PdfRectangle cropBox = pdfDocumentProcessor.Document.Pages[0].CropBox;
    double halfPage = cropBox.Top / 2;
    PdfRectangle pageRectangle = new PdfRectangle(cropBox.Left, halfPage, cropBox.Right + halfPage, cropBox.Top);

    // Set what content type to keep
    PdfClearContentOptions options = new PdfClearContentOptions()
      ClearAnnotations = false,
      ClearGraphics = false, 
      ClearImages = false

    // Clear the page area
    pageFacade.ClearContent(pageRectangle, options);



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