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Problem changing background color on a page in an Adobe Acrobat XI pdf

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I have a pdf in Adobe Acrobat XI that I want to change the background on a couple of the pages, just to make them stand out a bit.  I have done everything I've been told through Adobe Help and on various websites and nothing works.  Is there a setting in the program that I need to check.  I've even tried extracting the pages in hopes of changing the background and slipping it back in the doc.  Nothing is working.  What am I doing wrong?

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Problem changing background color on a page in an Adobe Acrobat XI pdf

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I have a pdf in Adobe Acrobat XI that I want to change the background on a couple of the pages, just to make them stand out a bit.  I have done everything I've been told through Adobe Help and on various websites and nothing works.  Is there a setting in the program that I need to check.  I've even tried extracting the pages in hopes of changing the background and slipping it back in the doc.  Nothing is working.  What am I doing wrong?

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What all have you done?

I wet to Tools > Pages > Background > Add Background. I was able to add a background color without any issue. Have you tried doing that?

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Did that.  Even saved a file of a color page so I could use the file as the source.

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Did you every figure this out - we are having the SAME issue. We have tried over 30 + times, even tried in the cloud with 2 websites...did not work. We have spoken to Adobe's international customer service associates 4 times, they can't help us. They haev even hung up on us!!! I deleted and downloaded Adobe Acrobat DC AGAIN and still we do not have this functionality of changing a page color. We are beyond frustrated. Can anyone help us???

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We are having the SAME issue. We have tried over 30 + times, even tried in the cloud with 2 websites...did not work. We have spoken to Adobe's international customer service associates 4 times, they can't help us. They have even hung up on us!!! I deleted and downloaded Adobe Acrobat DC AGAIN and still we do not have this functionality of changing a page color. We are beyond frustrated. Can anyone help us???

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Do you mean you can't find the function to set a background colour ? Use the Search option in tools.

Or that you've found it, and it has no effect? Probably had an existing white background you're stuck with.

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How does that happen - having 'an existing white background we are stuck with'?  Does it have to do with scanning it in maybe?

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The thing is, there is actually no such thing as a "background" in PDF. So "adding a background" means "add a box, in a chosen colour, behind all the other objects".

 

So, your page already had a white object all over it, and you add a box behind it, you will see nothing, even though the background was added. Certainly, a scan is a complete image, covering the whole page, with a paper-coloured (whitish) background. No chance to add a background here. You'd have to recolour the scan BEFORE Acrobat sees it.

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You can use the PDF Edit tools in Acrobat Pro to select and delete the background page by page. 

 

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"You can use the PDF Edit tools in Acrobat Pro to select and delete the background page by page. " Well, no, because there is no such thing as a background. You CAN delete a single coloured object or even image. However, the original poster wrote " Does it have to do with scanning it in maybe?" In the case of a scan, the stuff on the page and the paper colour are all one thing, you cannot delete just one of them.

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When a scanned document is OCR'd, Acrobat separates the text on the image from the other unrecognized stuff. Try it you'll see. This separation leaves a background image that can be selected and deleted using the PDF Edit tools. Now it's not marked with an OCG as a background, but none the less, it's an image in the background. 

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I had something simlar. A pdf with 8 pages that I wanted to change the backgrounds on. Used the Background - Remove option. After, when scrolling down through the white (no background) pages, one still had colour. After some head scratching I zoomed out just beyond the affected page, used the pointer to select all the content within the bounderies of the page and Ctrl-X it. Left behind is the colour which can be selected and deleted. Finally Ctrl-V pasted the original content back onto the no background page.

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