Can Adobe create a faster way to change highlight and text-box colors?

Community Beginner ,
Apr 20, 2016 Apr 20, 2016

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Our office heavily utilizes Acrobat for its ability to change the color of comments and text boxes.

Each color signifies a certain action item, or group that needs to work on it. We need to change colors frequently as the status changes.

The current procedure for doing this is to right click an existing highlight, select properties, click on the color square, select the color palate, select the new color, close the color palate, and click "OK." This is clearly not optimal, and it was much easier in previous versions of Acrobat.

Would it be possible for Adobe to create a faster right-click functionality for changing the highlight or text box color?

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Community Beginner , Apr 22, 2016 Apr 22, 2016

Dear Bernd Alheit,Bernd Alheit

This is brilliant--thanks for the response!

I wonder why this feature so deeply hidden in Acrobat...?

It shouldn't require posting to a forum and 3 days to find!!

Thanks again,

Michael

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Apr 20, 2016 Apr 20, 2016

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You can make a feature request here: Feature Request/Bug Report Form

However, it is possible to do it, but it requires using a script, like this one I've developed which allows you to easily and quickly switch between different highlighting colors, and it can also be adjusted to work with other commenting tools: Custom-made Adobe Scripts: Acrobat/Reader -- Quickly Switch Between Highlighter Colors

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Apr 21, 2016 Apr 21, 2016

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Apr 21, 2016 Apr 21, 2016

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Hi Document Geek,

The color palate on the Properties Bar was indeed a great feature of old Acrobat versions--this was when changing the color was easy. Unfortunately I think Adobe removed this feature several versions ago. If it's still around, I haven't been able to find it.

Adobe has replaced it's simplicity with the the 7-step process I described above.

If you know of a way to bring up the Properties Bar in Acrobat DC, I'd be indebted!

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Apr 22, 2016 Apr 22, 2016

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Activate the highlight tool and press ctrl-e.

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Dear Bernd Alheit,Bernd Alheit

This is brilliant--thanks for the response!

I wonder why this feature so deeply hidden in Acrobat...?

It shouldn't require posting to a forum and 3 days to find!!

Thanks again,

Michael

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Great work-around!!!

You can also make your new highlight color the default.

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