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How do I remove highlighting from a previously-created document in Adobe Acrobat DC?

Community Beginner ,
Nov 08, 2015 Nov 08, 2015

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First let me say that I have read many posts on this topic and watched YouTue videos and none of them seem to work for the latest version of Acrobat DC.  I created a document with some text highlighted  in September 2015 using Acrobat DC and now in November of 2015, I cannot remove the highlighting no matter what I do.  Sometimes I will see the "Delete Highlighting" option when I right click after selecting the text, but even when I select that option, it will not remove the highlighting.

Any ideas??? (I am definitely out of them!)

Thanks in advance for any assistance!!

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Community Expert , Nov 09, 2015 Nov 09, 2015

If you highlighted the text outside of Acrobat then you need to remove it there as well, and then create a new PDF.

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New Here ,
Aug 15, 2022 Aug 15, 2022

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4 years later, and this answer is still rock solid!  Holy cow I didn't even know this section of Acrobat DC existed.  This is going to save me so much time in the future.  Thank you!!  (this is what really needs to be marked as the correct answer!)

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New Here ,
Nov 05, 2020 Nov 05, 2020

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Low tech solution worked for me. Thanks!

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New Here ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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ok, found the easiest way to do this.  It turns out that our highlights are BEHIND (or under) the text box that you're editing/typing in. So what you have to do is click on and MOVE your text box, THEN when you move it out of the way, then simply hit "cut" or "delete" on the highlight portion. that will delete it. Then you can move your text box back.

 

Otherwise, you can't get to it. 

 

You don't need to do all the other stuff that people have recommended.

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New Here ,
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, The left click menu also gives you a quick way to change the colors of highlighting without having to go back into the Properties menu.

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New Here ,
Feb 02, 2022 Feb 02, 2022

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I totally have this issue.  I even exported to MS Word to change the highlight.  That didn't work either.  The 'delete' option only works for the text not the highlighting and I am unable to navigate to Properties on the text box.  I do have Pro DC version but am at a loss.

 

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Community Expert ,
Feb 02, 2022 Feb 02, 2022

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Can you post the PDF.  How the higlight is removed depends entirely on the kind of thing that it is. We'll have to see the document to know that. 

 

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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Sep 14, 2022 Sep 14, 2022

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I selected the contents of text box by double clicking within the text box, then right clicked. A list of options appeared and this list included "Delete Highlight" as the last option. I guess I wasn't right clicking correctly, the first time I tried it. Ended up here, tried again, and voila! Highlight Deleted.

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