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I'm trying to highlight selected text of an existing document. However, when I do this, Acrobat DC Pro automatically creates a comment. I want to highlight text without creating a comment. How do I do this?
Is there a reason that it’s not okay for the Highlighting to be a comment? It means that you can navigate from one comment to the next, and delete any that are wrong.
The Highlighter is a Commenting tool and all Commenting tools create Comments.
Anything you do with the Edit tool is not a comment, but highlighting is not an option with that tool.
Yes, there most certainly is: electronic documents are used as paper analogues; users often highlight text without margin notes, etc., as the highlight is all that is desired. Instead, Adobe has apparently made that impossible. In fact, what we have now is a comment on the comment, which is irritating as we would prefer that sidebar comments only contain comments if populated with text, not empty to denote highlighting (except for users in the department of redundancy department, who love the feature).
Is there truly no way to just, simply, highlight?
No, not really. The only way is to add the highlights as comments and then flatten the file, as was mentioned before.
Notice that this will also flatten all other comments you added to it, though.
Pity. It seems to me that was once possible.
Not that I'm aware of.
Try this. Use the select tool to select text. Comment bar pops up, select highlight. Text is highlighted but no comment window is created. If you want one, click on the highlighted text and you can add a comment. This is what I did in preferences.
Tom_McClain for the win, thanks 🙂
This still leaves a comment box. If I was to highlight text by using this method and changing my edit preferences, I might not see the comment box, but if I send this file to others, they will see the comment boxes.
THANK YOU SO MUCH! THIS WORKED PERFECTLY FOR ME. I checked all of the boxes you have checked in your picture example and unchecked all of the others. Then I made the pop-up opacity 50 and highlighted. I saw no comment boxes. Finally! My PDF's are usually saved to my desktop for me. I occasionally send them as attachments in email, but it worked, and I'm grateful.
Less is more. I have same gripe. Before I subscribed to Adobe pro it was worthwhile to simply highlight text to merely note important parts. Now it is really annoying to creating a Comment even if not filled in. Adobe give us that option please. I suspect most subscribers would like a simple highlighter. Then there could also be a commenting highlighter.
This didn't work for me. It still shows the comment box.
If you want, you can use the "Add checkmark" feature to denote any pop-up with comments, and then filter the comment list to only show the checkmarked items. A little clunky, but it works.
I found what I think is a solution to this, when playing around with some of the solutions suggested by others. It works for me, at least.
I also am reading legal documents, trying to highlight them, and also trying to create margin comments. The problem was that in order for me to see my margin comments, I had to look at a lot of noise about highlighting "comments". In my version of Adobe, however, in the comment pane I have the option to click the filter button (that looks like a funnel) at the top of the pane, and then under "type" select "sticky note" and make sure "highlight" is not selected. This worked for me! I hope it works for others out there as well.
I also have that same complaint. I just want to highlight with color, part of the text without creating comments and being able to upload this file to Drive for example, without comment boxes appearing on the side. It is very irritating that no viewer and pdf editor does this.
If you change the application's preferences (Edit - Prefs. - Commenting) to disable create new pop-ups aligned with the edge of the document and to copy the selected text into the highlight it will work as you've described. You can also flatten the file after highlighting it to get rid of all the comment pop-ups once and for all.
THIS WORKS - do as Kesya0D45 says!
There is an Acrobat solution, use this Preflight fixup, which will convert the highlighted text to normal page content. Tools> Print Production> Preflight> Fixups.
The issue is that if you highlight and create a comment you cannot then highlight part of that text to the clipboard. DAFT! WHY?