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Highlighter is bonkers

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Dec 19, 2017

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Ok, I have Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. I'm trying to highlight a number on the bank feed we printed to PDF. When I take the cursor over what I want to highlight, I get this oval shape, covering like 10 lines. It's HUGE. How can I make it highlight just the one area on the file? And sometimes it becomes a combo of shapes and sizes - makes no sense whatsoever... I tried the Ctrl + e, but that only allows you to change the color and opacity - where do I go to change the height of this thing and make it a SQUARE to go around an area?

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Highlighter is bonkers

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Ok, I have Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. I'm trying to highlight a number on the bank feed we printed to PDF. When I take the cursor over what I want to highlight, I get this oval shape, covering like 10 lines. It's HUGE. How can I make it highlight just the one area on the file? And sometimes it becomes a combo of shapes and sizes - makes no sense whatsoever... I tried the Ctrl + e, but that only allows you to change the color and opacity - where do I go to change the height of this thing and make it a SQUARE to go around an area?

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Dec 27, 2017

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I've been using Acrobat Pro DC for years and this same thing has started happening to me about 3 months ago.  I can't relate it to a version issue.  It is as if now when I print to pdf that it is printed my text as one big image rather than multiple lines because it will highlight huge sections.

Help please!

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Feb 08, 2018

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I have the same problem with big yellow blobs appearing.  No combination of shift/ctrl/alt works.  Any news yet?

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Oct 22, 2018

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I have the same problem, only started today. I compared to PDF's that I created a couple of weeks ago, and they are still highlighting normally. However, new PDF's that I created today are all giving the weird giant oval. I checked every setting I could think of, and could not find a way to fix it.

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Oct 23, 2018

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I came up with a pretty wonky workaround using custom stamps. I wrote about it here. Scroll all the way to bottom for my favorite method of highlighting objects.

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Oct 23, 2018

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I found that if I directly 'Print to PDF', the highlighter is weird, however if I "Save as PDF", and then open it, the highlighter is working normally.

It's a couple extra clicks, but totally worth not have the highlighter blob of destruction!

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I know this thread is a few years old; however, I figured I would share what I found to work. I downloaded a lecture that was already in PDF format. The highlighting was strange--I was able to highlight, but it didn't highlight correctly (lots of gaps of unhighlighted words).

 

I took the same document and printed to PDF, and from there, was able to highlight as intended.

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