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How do I change the highlight color of my PDF file?

New Here ,
Jan 19, 2015 Jan 19, 2015

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On my PDF files, I'm able to highlight text, but cannot figure out how to change the color of the highlight.  I've got Adobe Reader, and also paid to upgrade - but honestly, I'm not sure which program I have.  This is the most confusing application I've ever used!

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Adobe Employee , Jan 19, 2015 Jan 19, 2015

Hi vickis,

You might need to go to Comment pane and right click on 'Highlight text' annotation and choose 'Tool default properties'.

Highlighter Tool Properties dialog box will open from where you can change the color of highlight.

Regards,

Anubha

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 19, 2015 Jan 19, 2015

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Hi vickis,

You might need to go to Comment pane and right click on 'Highlight text' annotation and choose 'Tool default properties'.

Highlighter Tool Properties dialog box will open from where you can change the color of highlight.

Regards,

Anubha

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Jan 19, 2015 Jan 19, 2015

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Thank you, Anubha!  I have a Mac, so no "right click", but "control click" did the trick!!  Thank you so much!!  Can you also tell me how to change the existing highlighted text to the new color?  There are over 100 pages of highlighted areas, and the color I used originally, is just too dark.  Is there a way to select only the existing highlights, and change the color?

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 19, 2015 Jan 19, 2015

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Hey,

You are most welcome

Yes, you can change existing highlight color also.

For this, go to 'Comment List' on the right hand side and select any one comment.

Now, press 'cmd+A' to select all the comments in the list and then 'control click' to choose 'Properties' from the pop down.

Choose highlight color as desired from 'Highlight Properties' dialog box.

Please check and let me know.

Regards,

Anubha

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New Here ,
Jan 19, 2015 Jan 19, 2015

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The Command + A isn't working for selecting all highlighted items.  I've tried the Control, Shift, and Option buttons + A also, and none of them select more than the one comment I clicked on.  Any other ideas?

Thank You,

Vicki

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 20, 2015 Jan 20, 2015

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Hey Vicki,

You must be able to select all the comments by selecting any comment and then pressing 'Control+A' 

Aren't you?

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Anubha

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New Here ,
Jan 20, 2015 Jan 20, 2015

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That didn't work - I think I've tried all the combinations.  When I click on one of the items in the comment pane, it selects only the one I've clicked on.  Control+A nor Command+A select the rest.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 20, 2015 Jan 20, 2015

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Hello Vicki,

Can you please try the same with some other PDF?

Are you still not able to select all comments under the 'Comment list' section by pressing Control+A?

Please check.

Regards,

Anubha

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New Here ,
Jan 20, 2015 Jan 20, 2015

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When I click Command+A, it selects everything - including the unhighlighted text.  When I click on a comment, it selects that highlighted text, if I then click Command+A, it still only selects that one highlighted text.  The same goes for Control+A. 

I tried a different document, and got the same results.

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New Here ,
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I have DC.  Where is the "Comment Pane?"

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New Here ,
Oct 05, 2022 Oct 05, 2022

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I have the same question.  I wish someone would answer.  I am a former software engineer, and I can't believe it can take more than an hour to change the default color for highlighting.  Not intuitive at all.  Is this the kind of support that comes with monthly subscription?

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 31, 2022 Oct 31, 2022

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Hi Christopher26452830k1qz,

 

Thank you for reaching out.

 

You may change the highlight color using the color option provided under the Comment Tool.

To change the color and make it default, you may select a color from the color panel and then select the settings by clicking on the gear icon.

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In the Highlight Properties window, ensure that the color selected is as per your requirement and mark the box for "Make Properties Default". Click on the OK button to save the changes.

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For more information on adding comments in the PDf, please refer to the following help document: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/commenting-pdfs.html.

 

 

Hope the information helps 

Let us know if you have any questions.

 

 

Thanks,

Meenakshi

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