I have created a simple form and understand that when different machines open the forms that the "Highlight Fields" is either on or off depending on how each user has their reader setup. Is there any way that when I create the form and tell reader when it is opened to have the highlight fields switched off?
Yes, but it's an app-wide setting and it's is considered "rude" behaivour
to make such changes without at least informing the user of it, or (better
yet) ask for their permission to do so.