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Unable to create a circle around text in Acrobat Pro DC?

New Here ,
Apr 05, 2019 Apr 05, 2019

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Previous versions made this real easy.  But, I can't find the graphics in this version.  I have to outline numerals with circles on pdf documents for work.  Thanks.

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Community Expert , Apr 05, 2019 Apr 05, 2019

Use the drawing tools at Tools > Comment.

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Apr 05, 2019 Apr 05, 2019

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Use the drawing tools at Tools > Comment.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 10, 2021 Jan 10, 2021

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No this merely produces an opaque circle - the qyestion is, how to circle text- meaning not obliterate it with a circular shape, just SURROUND the text with a circle..Used to be so simple before DC! help please.

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Jan 10, 2021 Jan 10, 2021

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After drawing the oval click it and press Ctrl+E. Then make sure the Fill Color option (the first one in the floating Oval Properties window that shows up) is set to No Color. After doing that right-click the oval and select Make Current Properties Default.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 10, 2021 Jan 10, 2021

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Thanks- took a little fiddling; on my Mac the oval properties dialog is already there, no need to do Ctrl-E, but I had to: make sure the " fill color" is set to "transparent" AND that  the line measure is large enough to show up (e.g., 2-3 or more  pts) AND that opacity percentage is reasonably high - turns out "opacity" refers to the line, not the fill.  Appreciate your pointing me in the right direction.

 

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Mar 31, 2021 Mar 31, 2021

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Another way of doing this is to click the "fill and sign" tab and a few shapes (not filled) are available to place over text and then size them so they encircle what you want.

 

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Mar 31, 2021 Mar 31, 2021

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That’s interesting. Will check it out, although I’ve already solved it with the Comments route, and some adjustments under that.

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New Here ,
Feb 01, 2022 Feb 01, 2022

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Wow I literally tried everything and couldn't figure this out. THANK YOU !! 

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New Here ,
May 03, 2022 May 03, 2022

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I've added the easier way in this thread.  There is a OVAL Button you can add through Tools - Create Custom Tool - Comment -then OVAL.  Then you just click drag your OVAL over any word in the PDF

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New Here ,
Oct 30, 2022 Oct 30, 2022

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Thanks Jonathan.  The above suggestions did not work for me, but yours worked great.  You can even specify the default color, line width, etc. by right-clicking on the new tool.

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Mar 13, 2023 Mar 13, 2023

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You rock. Thanks!

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New Here ,
Jan 24, 2021 Jan 24, 2021

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But not so quick and easy it seems

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New Here ,
Feb 12, 2021 Feb 12, 2021

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 WHERE DO I FIND THE DRAWING TOOL - IT IS NOT COMING UP UNDER TOOLS

 

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Community Expert ,
Feb 12, 2021 Feb 12, 2021

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At Tools > Comment

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New Here ,
Jan 03, 2022 Jan 03, 2022

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Bernd, on my Adobe menu bar, I don't have a "Tools"

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New Here ,
Jan 13, 2022 Jan 13, 2022

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Go to Tools, then Customize, Circle & Arrow, Open

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It brings a box over to the left of the pdf 

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Click Oval and it will allow you to put a circle that encompasses the text like the below

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May 03, 2022 May 03, 2022

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Now there is a "Customize" Category under the Tools Tab.  Select 'Create  Custom Tools'.  Find Comment and then OVAL and add that OVAL Tool then hit 'Save'. A New OVAL button will appear on the right side of the PDF along with all the other tool buttons.  Select it and then select the Circle icon on the top of the page.  Then click and drag your Circle or OVAL on the page below.

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