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how the hell do you turn off "highlighting"? help function is utterly unhelpful!

Community Beginner ,
Aug 03, 2012

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how do you turn off highlighting so you can, for instance, copy text?

Are you ready for this? I looked for the answer everywhere and I JUST found it (I had to make a friggin Adobe account so I could post here, so I hope it's useful to someone at some point!)

Two quick things: first, I'm working on a Mac, so it might be different for you, if you're not. Second, I'm more or less computer illiterate, so bear with me!

In the bar at the top of the screen the you see Adobe Reader File  Edit  View  Window  Help

Click on View to get the drop down menu.

One of the options should say Show/Hide. Hover over that to see the menu that pokes out to the side.

From there hover over Toolbar Items. Hover over that to see another menu that pokes out to the right.

In that menu you should see Select & Zoom. Hover over it for the next side menu.

You will see the option Select Tool (it's next to the little symbol that looks like the mouse pointer).

Click that!!

Hopefully at the tool menu above your Adobe document, you will see the same little symbol pop up (for me it's between the page count and the zoom). It looks like the mouse pointer. Click that and the highlight and/or comment thing should go away.

Hope it works for ya'll!! Good luck!

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how the hell do you turn off "highlighting"? help function is utterly unhelpful!

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Aug 03, 2012

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how do you turn off highlighting so you can, for instance, copy text?

Are you ready for this? I looked for the answer everywhere and I JUST found it (I had to make a friggin Adobe account so I could post here, so I hope it's useful to someone at some point!)

Two quick things: first, I'm working on a Mac, so it might be different for you, if you're not. Second, I'm more or less computer illiterate, so bear with me!

In the bar at the top of the screen the you see Adobe Reader File  Edit  View  Window  Help

Click on View to get the drop down menu.

One of the options should say Show/Hide. Hover over that to see the menu that pokes out to the side.

From there hover over Toolbar Items. Hover over that to see another menu that pokes out to the right.

In that menu you should see Select & Zoom. Hover over it for the next side menu.

You will see the option Select Tool (it's next to the little symbol that looks like the mouse pointer).

Click that!!

Hopefully at the tool menu above your Adobe document, you will see the same little symbol pop up (for me it's between the page count and the zoom). It looks like the mouse pointer. Click that and the highlight and/or comment thing should go away.

Hope it works for ya'll!! Good luck!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 03, 2012

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In the comments list you can delete the highlight.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 04, 2012

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*many thanks. i see you work for adobe. this in unintuitive and couldn't

find answer anywhere on site.*

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*instead of the way you've got Help set up, just do an old-fashioned index

created by people like you!!

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Aug 04, 2012

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Bernd is not an Adobe employee (STAFF), but a Most Valuable Participant (MVP). If you want to know what this means, you can find it here

http://forums.adobe.com/docs/DOC-2327

under MVP badge program. And I am afraid that it is even far less intuitive to get to this information.

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Aug 04, 2012

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yes, i find if i right=click the cell, highlight goes away.

*but here's the harder part. it still is set on highlight and i don't see

how to turn if off if , e.g., i paint text for the purpose of cutting.*

?!?!

*many thx again

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Aug 04, 2012

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All Help is available online at http://helpx.adobe.com/reader.html

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Aug 04, 2012

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I'm having the same problem.  How do you turn off the highlighting function so that you can copy text?  As far as the Adobe help website, well . . . that's how I got here in the first place.

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New Here ,
Aug 04, 2012

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I just found the answer, and I actually did find it at the Adobe help website.  Right click in the document, and when the dropdown menu appears, choose "select tool."

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 05, 2012

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then select 'delete'. you're brilliant -- adobe should hire you

*what a screwed up 'help' site!

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Aug 05, 2012

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here's the hidden answer-- right click on doc, select highlight text *then

select 'delete'. *

*what a screwed up 'help' site!

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New Here ,
Oct 15, 2012

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Thank you, thank you.  Who were the geniuses who developed the Reader UI?  It should be used in a UI design class as an example of how not to do things.

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Oct 08, 2015

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no you can't! it is just a list, with no delete button.

In any case there are two issues a. how to delete a particular highlight, and how to turn the tool off.

Staggering that adobe could design a tool like this

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 09, 2015

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consider Adeesh's answer to: How do I add the hand tool to the toolbar on Adobe Acrobat Reader DC ?

it seems that the easiest way to turn off the highlighting mode is to revert to the hand-scrolling mode; this can be achieved only by invoking the bottom floating tool bar because the hand-scrolling tool lives only in the bottom floating tool bar and cannot be made to be a permanent resident in the top toolbar. As frustrating as things are you should still note that screaming and cursing at the developers is a bad strategy - would *you* want to be screamed at? i'm sure that the developers are not designing after-the-fact contrary-to-intuition devices just so that they can frustrate and vexate their customers  - i readily grant you that such minds do indeed exist; i encounter in real life many people who's exclusive purpose in life is to vexate and vandalize - but these Adobe developers do not fall into this category.

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Nov 02, 2015

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I'm having the very same problem.  I've been given an editable PDF (an invitation) to complete my companies fields.  If I was to print it, no problem the highlighted fields disappear.  But I need to email it.  There is no where to turn off all of the highlighted fields. Using the hand only unhighlights one particular field at a time.  I'm trying to export the file as a jpeg and it also then creates two files as there are two pages.  I've just signed up for the latest version of Adobe and am really frustrated.. This is taking me hours to figure out the simplest of tasks.  Please advise as I can't seem to locate what to do in the help menu.

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Sep 13, 2013

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Click on another tool, either the hand or the arrow and it will automatically deselect the highlight tool. Another option is to select the highlight tool, right click, select Properties or CTRL+E, when the dialog box appears, uncheck the box labeled "keep tool selected". This will ensure that after you highlight the text, the tool will automatically return to a default setting.

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Sep 14, 2013

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you're a scholar + a gentleman.  adobe could use you

​[Private info removed]

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LEGEND ,
Sep 14, 2013

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This is a public forum; please do not post your telephone number and other private data!

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New Here ,
Sep 15, 2013

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Thank you profjhs. This has long been a frustration of mine also.

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Dec 05, 2014

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Apparently, giving an object the capability to toggle on and off is beyond anyone's programming skills at Adobe.  I used to think Steve Jobs was too critical of Adobe.  Now I know he was right, God rest his soul.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 11, 2015

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the simplest way that i know of is to click the HAND tool: How do I add the hand tool to the toolbar on Adobe Acrobat Reader DC ?

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Dec 17, 2015

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Holy cow!  it did work. Comment is not where I would of looked but now I see the logic.

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