Cannot seem to remove highlights from text

Community Beginner ,
Dec 27, 2018 Dec 27, 2018

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I have inherited a document library at my office.  There are tons of docs with highlighted text created by the previous person in charge of this library.  The documents have no security on them and they are not locked.  I'm running into a few problems:

  1. In some documents I need to remove just the highlights from the text.  I'm not seeing any way to remove the highlights.
  2. When viewing the comments in Acrobat XI Pro, the previous person's highlights are NOT showing in comment list even when I select "show call comments"
  3. In some cases I need to delete the highlighted text also.  When I try deleting the highlighted text, the highlighted area still remains on the page (text gone).  So it looks like a yellow rectangle still there where the text used to be.  I cannot seem to find a way to select it.  Even when I reopen the doc, the leftover yellow highlight is still there.
  4. The document properties show "PDF version 1.6 (Acrobat 7.x)".  I'm using Acrobat Pro XI on Windows to view and edit these docs.

Any help would be most appreciated.  Thanks in advance!

MARK

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Community Beginner , Dec 28, 2018 Dec 28, 2018

Thank you Try67!

Your answer prompted me to do some more poking around and I found a possible solution:

If I go into Tools>Print Production and then select the Edit Object tool, I find that I can select the highlights as box objects left over after I delete the text.  This also lets me select the highlights as boxes that are behind the text I want to keep.

This may not be the most elegant or quickest solution but it seems to work ok.  And since I have to address each portion of the documents befor

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 27, 2018 Dec 27, 2018

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The files were flattened and the highlights were therefore converted from comments to static contents. That will make it much more difficult to remove them. You can do so using the Edit Text & Images tool, or the Redaction tool, but you'll need to do it one at a time.

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Thank you Try67!

Your answer prompted me to do some more poking around and I found a possible solution:

If I go into Tools>Print Production and then select the Edit Object tool, I find that I can select the highlights as box objects left over after I delete the text.  This also lets me select the highlights as boxes that are behind the text I want to keep.

This may not be the most elegant or quickest solution but it seems to work ok.  And since I have to address each portion of the documents before removing the highlights, it isn't any slower for me.

Thanks for your help!.

MARK

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Aug 16, 2021 Aug 16, 2021

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I've tried multiple suggestions and this one is the only one to work so far. Thank you!

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Jun 27, 2022 Jun 27, 2022

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Thanks, Mark.  This was so frustrating and I finally was able to remove some highlighting that was stubbornly not budging!

Nancy

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Jul 14, 2021 Jul 14, 2021

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After a lot of tries, here is the easiest way I found to delete highlighting from text:

1. Right click on the highligting.  If the you do not see "Delete" as one of the options, select "Properties".

2. In the bottom left corner of the "Highlight Properties" popup UNCHECK the "Locked" checkbox.

3. Then CHECK the "Make Properties Default" checkbox. Select "OK"

Now right click on the highlighting.  You should now see "Delete" as one of the options.  Also, if you left click on the highlighting, you will see the Trashcan icon.  Clicking either Delete or the Trashcan should delete the highlighting, 

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Jul 14, 2021 Jul 14, 2021

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The discussion above is about cases where this won't work, as the highlights have been flattened, not locked.

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Dec 31, 2021 Dec 31, 2021

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Brilliant, thank you

 

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Aug 24, 2021 Aug 24, 2021

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I have been able to undo highlighting after saving a document. 

1. Go into Edit PDF

2. Select the text you wish to unhighlight.

3. Right click and choose properties.

4. Left click on the coloured square, which will appear as the highlight colour (in my case yellow).

5. Select white as the colour. This will revert to normal text (it does not whitewash it as I thought it might).

There was no need to revert to default, or anything else in this method.

 

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Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

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EASY WAY - Click on the Highlight tool to select it.  Right click on the Color, change it to WHITE then select to highlighted text you don't want highlighted. It removes the highlight. SAVE the document, then change the highlight back to the color you want.

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May 23, 2022 May 23, 2022

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There are Action Wizard tasks for deleting highlights from PDFs.  If you go into Action Wizard, make a New Action.  Go to more tools and then select 'Execute JavaScripts' and click the plus sign.  Then on the right side click 'Specify Settings' and paste the code below into the box.  Uncheck the 'Prompt User' setting.  Click save and give the command a name like "Delete All Comments", and click save once more.  Then run the command from the 'Actions List'.  You will be prompted to proceed as this action cannot be undone.  

 

/*Delete All Comments, Annotations, and Markups */

if( app.alert({
cMsg: "Are you REALLY, sure you want to remove all annotations, comments, and markups from this PDF?\n\nClicking 'OK' will remove all annotation, comments, and markups and save (overwrite) the existing file.  If you want to save the comments in this file, click 'Cancel' and save your changes under a different file name.\n\n\tThis action cannot be undone.", // 2nd message to display
cTitle: "DELETE ALL ANNOTATIONS", // title for pop-up box
nIcon: 2, // question icon
nType: 2 // yes/no buttons
}) == 4) {

this.syncAnnotScan();
var tObj = app.thermometer;
var annots = this.getAnnots();
tObj.duration = annots.length;
tObj.begin();



//DELETE ANNOTATIONS////////////////////////////
if (annots!=null){


for (var i=annots.length-1; i>=0; i--) {

tObj.value=i;
tObj.text ="Remaining comments: " + i + " of " + annots.length;
annots[i].destroy();


}
tObj.text = ""
tObj.end();
}

}

 

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