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How do I highlight text without creating a comment?

Explorer ,
Feb 20, 2019 Feb 20, 2019

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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?

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Adobe Community Professional , Feb 20, 2019 Feb 20, 2019
You can‘t. Highlighting IS a comment. But you can flatten it. Document Geek: Flattenizer Script for Adobe PDFs

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Feb 20, 2019 Feb 20, 2019

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You can‘t. Highlighting IS a comment. But you can flatten it. Document Geek: Flattenizer Script for Adobe PDFs

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 23, 2019 Feb 23, 2019

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Hi,

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.

~ Jane

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 08, 2019 Nov 08, 2019

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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?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 08, 2019 Nov 08, 2019

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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.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 09, 2019 Nov 09, 2019

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Pity. It seems to me that was once possible.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 09, 2019 Nov 09, 2019

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Not that I'm aware of.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 23, 2020 Jan 23, 2020

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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. Acrobat comment.jpg

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New Here ,
Feb 01, 2020 Feb 01, 2020

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Tom_McClain for the win, thanks 🙂

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New Here ,
Jun 11, 2020 Jun 11, 2020

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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.

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New Here ,
Jul 19, 2021 Jul 19, 2021

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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.  

 

Cassandra

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Community Beginner ,
May 23, 2020 May 23, 2020

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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.

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Community Beginner ,
May 26, 2020 May 26, 2020

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I found that if I use the selection to select text and THEN click on the
highlight symbol on the shortcut menu bar it highlights without a text box.

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New Here ,
Jun 11, 2020 Jun 11, 2020

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This didn't work for  me. It still shows the comment box.

 

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New Here ,
Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020

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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.

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New Here ,
Oct 02, 2020 Oct 02, 2020

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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.

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New Here ,
Oct 07, 2020 Oct 07, 2020

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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.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 07, 2020 Oct 07, 2020

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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.

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New Here ,
Dec 12, 2020 Dec 12, 2020

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THIS WORKS - do as Kesya0D45 says!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 13, 2020 Dec 13, 2020

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There is an Acrobat solution, use this Preflight fixup, which will convert the highlighted text to normal page content. Tools> Print Production> Preflight> Fixups.

Flatten annotations.png

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New Here ,
Feb 06, 2021 Feb 06, 2021

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The issue is that if you highlight and create a comment you cannot then highlight part of that text to the clipboard. DAFT! WHY?

 

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