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Highlighting text in PDF document

Mar 3, 2006 8:59 AM

Tags: #highlighting #highlight_text
I am a surgeon and subscribe to lot of medical journals which are now increasingly made available for downloading in PDF format. I am used to highlighting the important text in an article with an ordinary hi-lighter pen to make it easy when I need to go back to that article.

Is there a way one can highlight the text in a PDF document the way one can highlight it on a paper? Will professional versions of Acrobat solve my problem?

Sanjay Ghotkar
 
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    Mar 3, 2006 9:06 AM   in reply to (SANJAY_GHOTKAR)
    Acrobat Pro gives you the ability to highlight text. There are many other things you can do along these lines with the application as well.
     
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    Nov 24, 2008 3:33 PM   in reply to (SANJAY_GHOTKAR)
    Does Acrobat Pro Extended (version 9) allow text highlighting in any color other than yellow? I, too, am a physician, and I like to highlight different types of text in different colors (e.g., green for numbers and pink, orange, and yellow for text of decreasing importance).
     
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    Nov 25, 2008 7:01 AM   in reply to (SANJAY_GHOTKAR)
    To change the color of the highlighting, right click on highlighted text and select properties. You can select any color you want.

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    Dec 15, 2008 3:57 AM   in reply to (SANJAY_GHOTKAR)
    Thank you. It been a long time I try to change the color of hightlight.

    MBT
     
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    Mar 11, 2009 10:08 AM   in reply to (SANJAY_GHOTKAR)
    how do I get the highlighter to always highlight the spaces between words as well as words?
     
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    Mar 11, 2009 10:42 AM   in reply to (SANJAY_GHOTKAR)
    Look in tools menu and choose customize menu click ckeckbox nex to Highlighting and underline tool a floating menu comes up place on desire menu. It shows yellow highlighter. But in acrobat 8 there was a choice for yellow, green, red. may be in Acroabt 9. note this is acrobat not reader.
     
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    Jun 24, 2009 9:31 AM   in reply to (SANJAY_GHOTKAR)

    Thanks for the tips.

     
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    Nov 17, 2010 6:22 PM   in reply to (SANJAY_GHOTKAR)

    I don't see where/how to change the default highlight color in Acrobat 9.

    I'd like to be able to set it for either a particular file, or for all future use (default setting).

    Thanks

     
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    Mar 30, 2011 10:30 AM   in reply to BenXYZ890

    BenXYZ890 wrote:

     

    I don't see where/how to change the default highlight color in Acrobat 9.

    Right click (or ctrl-click) on the highlighter tool to change the default colour.

     
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    Jun 6, 2011 12:22 PM   in reply to (SANJAY_GHOTKAR)

    When I go to print a PDF that has highlighted test, the highlight color does not print.  Yes it is a color printer.  What gives?

     
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    Jun 25, 2011 12:41 PM   in reply to Al2233

    What type of printer are you using (Brand, Model, is it a wireless connection or a wired connection)?

     

    Also, it could be the settings you are using. Do you have it set to print document AND mark-up?

     

    Pax,

     

    Voner

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    Sep 22, 2011 1:34 PM   in reply to (SANJAY_GHOTKAR)

    A little late for the original post, but for anyone else looking to highlight text in Acrobat Pro 9 and be able to change the highlighter color...

     

    Accessing the highlighter tool:

    1. Right-click on the Toolbar.
    2. Select/check "Comment and Markup." This is the toolbar that contains the Highlight Text tool.

     

    Changing the highlighter color:

    • You can right-click on the highlighted text and go to Properties, etc, but there's a more convenient method.

     

    While using the Highlight Text tool, turn on the Properties Bar (make it visible)

    1. Window:  Ctl+E
    2. Mac:  Cmd+E
    3. Mouse:  Right-click on the Toolbar and select/check Properties Bar.

     

    This will give you quick access to your highlighter properties, and it will remember your selected color between uses.

     

    The Properties Bar is context aware and will change based on the tool you're actively using, so you have access to change your highlight color through it when the Highlight Text tool is selected/in use.

     
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    Sep 25, 2011 6:56 PM   in reply to Affectuality

    THANKS SOOO MUCH!!! MY JAW JUST DROPPED AT HOW EASY!!!

     
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    Feb 4, 2012 1:15 PM   in reply to Affectuality

    I'm wondering if I can put 4 or 5 highlight colors right on a quick toolbar so I can pick the color I want with one click on a handy toobar. 

     
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    Feb 4, 2012 1:20 PM   in reply to jkennedy2008

    Nope, you can't...

     
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    Jun 28, 2012 8:51 PM   in reply to Affectuality

    Ok, I am curious about this one.

     

    I use PDF to read my texts for school, as well as journal articles downloaded from the university library.  I can highlight text on journal articles, but not on my PDF text.  Is there a reason for this?

     
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    Mar 22, 2013 5:36 AM   in reply to (SANJAY_GHOTKAR)

    As a screenwriter and producer, I find this immensly helpful! To change the DEFAULT color, there is a checkbox at the bottom of the properties pop-up that I originally didn't see - very helpful. Saves time manually highlighting parts for the same actor with different roles.

     
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    May 9, 2013 6:30 AM   in reply to jkennedy2008

    hi,

     

    refering to the possibility of more easily accessing the coloring option:

    since there is a demand for being able to do this simple thing, i find no reason for this not being implemented already..

    in the end, it's about usability of the interface and options; the option of coloring exists already, it just needs to allow users to more easily access it.

    i'm totally waiting for that simple feature...

     

    luck

     
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    May 9, 2013 7:51 AM   in reply to jmcarroll79

    jmcarroll79: Are you sure you have PDF text (or actual text)? Often you have a picture of text and the picture can not be highlighted. You can use the drawing tools to underline just like a pencil in such cases, but not to highlight a graphic.

     
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    May 17, 2013 5:39 PM   in reply to Bill@VT

    I'm in a similar boat. I read a lot of patent documents, most of them PDFs but not text proper; they're scanned images of text. I like the way Adobe Reader (free) renders background light blue when I click, makes for easy reading. What I can't figure out how to do is make it global i.e. whole document not just page-by-page.

     
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