Days of research online without finding an answer to my problem leads me to post this cry for help!
I am proofreading a book in an Adobe Acrobat Pro DC pdf on Mac OS Big Sur 11.4.
I used to be able to do these things in Comments mode of the pdf:
-add note to replace text
-insert text at cursor
-use drawing tool
Now, however, I have to unlock the properties of a new comment in order to do the above actions. I usually add about 1,700 comments as part of proofreading a book, so that means I have to right-click each comment, go to properties, and uncheck the "Lock" option for each one BEFORE even typing anything into the comment field.
NOTE: Even when I check the "Make Properties Default" box after unchecking the "Lock" box, eventually the properties for add note, insert text, strikethrough, and drawing change back to "Lock." It's like I have no control over the locking property of this pdf's (or any pdf's) comments function. Applies to all pdfs I'm working with now. Either the answer is staring me in the face or the answer is complicated (like I have to create a custom program for this).
Solutions to this gnarly problem much appreciated!
Comment review and collaborate PDF, Create PDFs, General troubleshooting, How to
This is odd. The "Make Properties Default" should let you clear the locked flag. I just tried this on my Mac (but I am running Mojave), and I can make new comments be locked by setting this as the default, but I can then go in and change the properties to unlocked, and when I select to "Make Properties Default" again, the next comment that is added is not locked anymore. As far as I know, there is no preference setting that would do that, and I don't remember there ever being such a setting. It's possible that something got corrupted in your Acrobat installation.