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How do I stop the highlight tool from making boxes and creating comments?

Community Beginner ,
Jan 24, 2024 Jan 24, 2024

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I want to highlight the old way and I can’t anymore.  I want to highlight text that has been OCR’ed from a scanned document or other documents containing text.  At one point I was able to do this with some but not all documents.  Now I can’t highlight text the right way, even with documents I had been able to highlight before.

 

The problem is that when I use the highlight tool, it puts boxes around the highlighted text and makes it into a comment.  All I want is to highlight.  I already know how to make the ‘hate’ example have more opacity.  For example:

 

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If we can’t fix it now, will going back to an older version of Adobe work?  

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 24, 2024 Jan 24, 2024

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Hi @Mike34987496f9nn

 

Hope you are doing well and thanks for reaching out.

 

The highlight text tool can only highlight "real" text. If you have a scanned document or a document in which text was converted to outlines, you cannot use this tool.

 

Please check the correct answer marked in the similar discussion (https://adobe.ly/3OepWXH) and see if that works for you.

Note: Steps are same for the new version.

 

If it still doesn't work, please remove the application using the Acrobat cleaner tool https://adobe.ly/4b8sH6y, reboot the computer and reinstall the application using the direct link https://adobe.ly/3SwIUeO;

 

Regards

Amal

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Feb 01, 2024 Feb 01, 2024

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This didn't work.  Should I roll back to X or something?

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