Unable to change select tool or highlighter size, therefore, unable to select single line of text

Community Beginner ,
Jan 25, 2018 Jan 25, 2018

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Using Adobe Acrobat DC Pro, intending simply to highlight a single line of text, the selection frame is HUGE and I'm unable to select a single line of anything.

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When accessing selection properties (right-click>properties), the only (Appearance) options available are for color and opacity - not sizing.

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What little I find in tutorials, self-help support, and community forums indicates I should be able to "grab handles", but no handles ever show up or become available.

Suggestions?  Solutions?

Thanks!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 25, 2018 Jan 25, 2018

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Grab handles do not appear on highlighter marks, only on stamps or drawing markups.

Can you try selecting the text with the hand tool (Make sure  and then right-click, highlight text. Make sure you have your preferences set to allow the hand tool to select text.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 25, 2018 Jan 25, 2018

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Thanks for responding and asking for details, Document Geek!

No ... although I have the same settings as you, I cannot select text with the hand tool.

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I've considered "help>repair installation", just to reset some things back to defaults.  (Perhaps something was changed unintentionally or an add-in feature/update corrupted something.)

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 25, 2018 Jan 25, 2018

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Just FYI ... "Help>Repair Installation" did not change anything.  Still huge.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 25, 2018 Jan 25, 2018

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Actually, now I can select with the hand, but it's still huge ...

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Thanks, again!

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Feb 05, 2018 Feb 05, 2018

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This file looks like it was scanned and then OCRed. It's likely that the latter didn't go so well, and the results are what you're seeing: huge, hidden, texts. I would try export the file as image files, creating a new PDF from it and then running Text Recognition on it in Acrobat. It might yield better results...

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 25, 2018 Jan 25, 2018

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It's as if my cursor was set to HUGE ... when I click in text, the blinking cursor is that size.  Yet, I can add normal-sized text.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 25, 2018 Jan 25, 2018

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Is it like that on all documents, or just that one?

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 25, 2018 Jan 25, 2018

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Document Geek,

It seems to be content source, and something to do with "print to PDF" files from certain sites and rendering "Image blocks".  Perhaps, it's something to do with the website security (printed to PDF from banking website), while I'm able to edit, and things look fine in other documents.

As you see, the select tool is selecting various sized texts, all created from enhanced/text recognized objects, in PDFs created from screen capture images/clipboard, etc ... even right-sized cursors and comment blocks.

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Thanks for trying to help.

I'll keep paying attention.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 26, 2018 Jan 26, 2018

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Here's a trick I use when I have trouble highlighting certain documents. Use a rectangle from the drawing markup tools. Reduce to opacity to around 30%. Then you can draw a rectangle around whatever text you want to "highlight". It will look slightly different than the coloring in the highlighter tool, but it will do the job for what you need.

I discuss that idea here: Highlighting a PDF that contains no fonts

Please take a minute and vote for this feature request on the Acrobat User Voice site: Freehand Highlighter – Share your feedback on Acrobat DC

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 26, 2018 Jan 26, 2018

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Did you know that Adobe has a User Voice site where you can vote for improvements and give direct feedback? If you like the idea of using the rectangle tool to highlight shapes (as opposed to being limited by the "Highlighter Tool,"), please vote for that feature request here: Use the Drawing Tools to highlight objects

I have been told that Adobe makes their decisions on priorities of features based directly on the feedback from the user base. Please vote for the above feature and make your voice known.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 06, 2018 Feb 06, 2018

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I would also be curious to see what you get when you Edit the PDF. If the top layer of text is GIANT, then perhaps you can simply delete the text box containing that GIANT text and it will then expose the smaller text boxes below.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 04, 2018 Sep 04, 2018

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THE "ASSUMED ANSWERED" IS INCORRECT!

I, too, am having this issue. Since earlier this year. Probably one of Adobe's "fixes" to a problem that didn't exist.

I need to be able to select a line of text and copy it to paste to another document - long numerics. Now I have to type them in myself. A huge wast of time and potential for errors.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 04, 2018 Sep 04, 2018

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I agree, this issue is not resolved.

I have found that using "save as PDF" (i.e. using the application's built-in PDF generator) usually works just fine. The issue seems to arise when the Acrobat "print to PDF" function is used to make the PDF. If I made the PDF myself, I can just use "save as PDF" instead of the Acrobat function. But, if someone else sent me the PDF, I can't use my workaround. There is something wrong with Acrobat's print to PDF function that seems to be causing this issue.

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New Here ,
Sep 30, 2018 Sep 30, 2018

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I am still having this problem as well.

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New Here ,
Mar 18, 2018 Mar 18, 2018

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I  got the same problem as you.

This problem started around about January 2018. Before that I could highlight single lines.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 21, 2018 Aug 21, 2018

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I have the same issue!! The highlighter tool used to work, and now it's GIGANTIC! Help!!

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New Here ,
Aug 29, 2018 Aug 29, 2018

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I'm having the same problem myself. I print a page to PDF then save and then try highlighting and its huge and annoying. Please help with this problem. It worked just fine before.

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New Here ,
Sep 03, 2018 Sep 03, 2018

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I also have this problem as described by the other above and it began within the last 2 weeks.  Today I selected "Save as PDF" instead of printing.  The resulting PDF seems to behave normally now. 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 29, 2019 Apr 29, 2019

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Has any one resolved this issue? I am having the same issue...

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New Here ,
Aug 16, 2019 Aug 16, 2019

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I was still having the same issue as reported above (huge cursor/highlighter) when trying to print a web page as a PDF.  I have figured out that it only happens when I use "Print to PDF".  If I switch to "Save as PDF" (for the same exact web page), it seems to work fine...I am then able to highlight only one line at a time in the resultant PDF (and also select one line at a time with the cursor/selection tool ).   Hope this somehow helps someone.  

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New Here ,
Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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I encountered this issue suddenly yesterday. Prior I was able to print or download or save without any highlighting issues. Today I have found that I have to use the Pring to PDF function in order to be able to select lines of text for highlighting or copying. I hope this helps someone else.

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