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Free draw tool not available in Adobe Pro

Community Beginner ,
Feb 05, 2024 Feb 05, 2024

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This may be a simple fix that I'm just not seeing, but I can't find a way to use the free draw tool in Adobe Pro.

 

Until recently, I was using the free version of Adobe Reader, and used the Free Draw and Hilight tools all the time. However, since upgrading to Pro, I can't seem to access the Free Draw tool anywhere, and the hilight tool is very limited (doesn't allow me to select multiple colors, change size, etc). I have looked under every toolset available, and these options seem to have just dissapeared. Is there something I need to do in order to reintroduce them?

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Community Expert , Feb 05, 2024 Feb 05, 2024

OK, it sounds like you're looking at the old UI (be grateful).

 

If you do not see the Commentary Tools on the right-hand edge

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 Then you can access them via the Tools Panel (accessed from the left-hand upper corner

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 (Notice that there's a dropdown menu under "Open." If you do not have that on the right-hand side, you can click on that and select "Add Shortcut." that will place it on the left-hand side.

 

Then, once selected, across the top, you'll see this: The Pencil will let you draw, the re

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I'm assuming you are using the new UI, so I'll show that here. If you've switched to the old UI, let me know and I'll show that.

 

On the floating toolbar, it should be the 4th icon from the top. By mousing down on that icon, you can access the straight line tool, rectangles, circles, etc. Follow the red arrow to access changing the colors (and opacity), and follow the green arrow to access the line thickness.

 

Is that what you're looking for? Please verify.

 

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That is exactly what I'm looking for, but I don't have that floating tool bar. Not sure if I'm on the new or old UI, but below is a screenshot of my page. Is there something I can do to enable that tool bar? 

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OK, it sounds like you're looking at the old UI (be grateful).

 

If you do not see the Commentary Tools on the right-hand edge

2024-02-05_10-54-43.png

 Then you can access them via the Tools Panel (accessed from the left-hand upper corner

2024-02-05_10-54-27.png

 (Notice that there's a dropdown menu under "Open." If you do not have that on the right-hand side, you can click on that and select "Add Shortcut." that will place it on the left-hand side.

 

Then, once selected, across the top, you'll see this: The Pencil will let you draw, the red arrow points to the line's thickness, and the green arrow points to where you can select the color (and opacity). If you want straight lines, the straight line tool is just to the left of the arrow.

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Let us know if this is what you were looking for.

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That seems to be working, thank you so much for the help!

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Try to revert to the Classic UI: https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat-discussions/acrobat-2023-how-to-revert-to-classic-gui-user-in...
Consider the "new Acrobat" as a beta version, many features are still missing or half-implemented.

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It seems like I may actually be in the old UI, because the link you sent with instructions does not seem to apply (I have no menu option like the one in the screenshot of those instructions). Is there a simpler way to view which UI I am using? It is file version 21.001.20145.32109 if that helps.

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