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This post is feedback for Adobe. Unfortunately, Adobe's aggressive attempts to answer questions from users who need help, without them seeking to get in contact with a real live human being, prevents it from receiving feedback at all.

I've been using Acrobat for two decades and it has this bizarre limitation: if you select some text and mark it as a highlight, it becomes really difficult to then select that text to copy and paste it into another document. Once it is highlighted, clicking on the text appears to select the whole highlight, but if you hit ctrl-C or copy, nothing happens. The only way to select that text for copying is to start your selection outside the highlight, e.g. intentionally select a word you didn't want to copy.

I signed up for Creative Cloud, it updated to Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, I made a highlight, I clicked it and tried to copy it... STILL THIS PROBLEM!??

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I'm really just kicking the tyres of this new edition. Acrobat has long been abandoned from my workflow. I might use it to fill out a form, occasionally -- the only thing that Preview.app doesn't do very well. Preview is just a much saner alternative for reading and marking up PDFs. Acrobat Pro DC has all these buttons for simple tasks, mimicking tools like Smallpdf.com -- but the overall reading and annotation experience remains deeply irritating.

And when I try to give feedback, Adobe insists I'm the one who needs help. Yeah, nah.

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Correct answer by Document Geek | Adobe Community Professional

Just highlighting text won't copy it. You need to set your profaners to use the Hand Tool to select text.

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You can also set the highlighter tool to copy the highlighted text into the comment pop up, where you can then copy it out of the pop-up note.

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Selecting text within a highlight

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This post is feedback for Adobe. Unfortunately, Adobe's aggressive attempts to answer questions from users who need help, without them seeking to get in contact with a real live human being, prevents it from receiving feedback at all.

I've been using Acrobat for two decades and it has this bizarre limitation: if you select some text and mark it as a highlight, it becomes really difficult to then select that text to copy and paste it into another document. Once it is highlighted, clicking on the text appears to select the whole highlight, but if you hit ctrl-C or copy, nothing happens. The only way to select that text for copying is to start your selection outside the highlight, e.g. intentionally select a word you didn't want to copy.

I signed up for Creative Cloud, it updated to Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, I made a highlight, I clicked it and tried to copy it... STILL THIS PROBLEM!??

Screenshot 2017-10-23 14.09.56.png

I'm really just kicking the tyres of this new edition. Acrobat has long been abandoned from my workflow. I might use it to fill out a form, occasionally -- the only thing that Preview.app doesn't do very well. Preview is just a much saner alternative for reading and marking up PDFs. Acrobat Pro DC has all these buttons for simple tasks, mimicking tools like Smallpdf.com -- but the overall reading and annotation experience remains deeply irritating.

And when I try to give feedback, Adobe insists I'm the one who needs help. Yeah, nah.

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Correct answer by Document Geek | Adobe Community Professional

Just highlighting text won't copy it. You need to set your profaners to use the Hand Tool to select text.

Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 11.30.30 AM.png

You can also set the highlighter tool to copy the highlighted text into the comment pop up, where you can then copy it out of the pop-up note.

Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 11.32.38 AM.png

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Just highlighting text won't copy it. You need to set your profaners to use the Hand Tool to select text.

Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 11.30.30 AM.png

You can also set the highlighter tool to copy the highlighted text into the comment pop up, where you can then copy it out of the pop-up note.

Screen Shot 2017-10-25 at 11.32.38 AM.png

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I totally agree with the OP that this behavior is counterintuitive (in my case, the text is highlighted so I can copy it!), and it actually impedes my workflow. I am reviewing marked-up page proofs and need to select text within the highlighted area in order to plug it into the search bar of my layout software so I can quickly find where to make the correction. My workaround: I have found that when the the highlight boundary is selected, I can delete the highlight and then select the text within the highlighted area that I need, and then undo the deletion (if I remember to undo) to maintain the markup intact for future review. But having to use this workaround is sloppy, and it's long past time they fixed this. I, too, wish Adobe was better at listening to their customers.

To the respondent: so if the person doing the markup didn't know to select that particular box on the preferences, I'm just out of luck?

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Since you are to helpful...... If I do a Print to PDF from a website, the document is actually formatted for printing; I can't get the text highlighter to work. It only does the blob. I've tried Enhanced, OCR. The only want it will work is to convert it to a jpeg, then using your method, I can highlight the specific text and later copy and paste it to a Word doc.

Is there a was to do this Print to PDF so the highlighter works correctly without going through all this?

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It works fine for me on a mac. Perhaps it has to do with the method you are using to convert the document. Are you on a PC? And how exactly are you converting to PDF? Can you provide some screenshots?

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Press shift and select text

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shift+double click will select a word

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This only selects the text where the keyboard cursor is currently at. This behavior is so frustrating. Apple's preview is much more nicely behaved in that it treats highlighted text just like regular text.

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