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How to change the highlight color in Adobe reader

Working with documents has become an indispensable part for office workers who use computers for work every day. Students who are preparing a collaborative project, for example, also need to know how to work with documents.

For these purposes, a lot of different office programs were already created. Some of them are suitable for reading an ordinary document in DOC format, while others are designed to properly display and work with tables.

However, there is also a special program for working with Pdf files. Pdf is a popular file format that most often cannot be edited directly. You can make a copy of it with edits, but the original will remain as the creator made it.

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is very good for working with this type of documents. It has a lot of features that can distract your attention and prevent you from concentrating on really useful things. However, even useful features don’t always turn out to be as handy as they first appear.

For example, if you decide to use the text highlight feature, it may be very difficult for you to understand at first sight that you can change the color of what you have highlighted.

How to change the color of a highlight in Adobe Reader

There are several basic ways to change the color of a text highlight. the first and most basic is to change the color after the text is selected.

It’s pretty easy to do:

  • You need to right-click on the selected part of the text.
  • Then choose Properties.
  • Then a Highlight Properties dialog box will open.
  • Switch to the Appearance tab and you can use the color picker to choose the color you want. There is also a slider to set the transparency of the color.
  • You can also set the default color here. After selecting the desired hue, check the Make Properties Default box.
  • When you’re ready, just click OK and the color of the text should change.

There are several other ways you can adjust the highlighting color. However, this method is the fastest.

How to change the color using highlight tool properties

The way described above isn’t the most convenient when it comes to real-time color selection. There is a more efficient way to change the color of the highlight.

You just have to press Ctrl+E. This will bring up the Highlighter Tool Properties panel. If the toolbar doesn’t open, you need to click on the highlight icon and then perform the key combination again.

The toolbar will stay on until you unclick it. It can be moved to any part of the screen. It consists of a color palette where you can easily choose the color of the highlight beforehand. There’s also a drop-down menu where you can adjust the opacity of the colors. It’s really a very handy tool.

It also allows you to select the highlighting tool at all times. This is very handy if you need to quickly select something in a PDF document.

The opacity menu in this tool will contain 5 preset positions. It doesn’t offer the same level of accuracy as the Highlight Properties dialog box. However, it will be faster to use.

Once you select a color, it automatically becomes the default highlight color, even if you close the program completely and run it again. Given how easy it is to turn the toolbar on and off, changing colors quickly becomes really easy.

How to Change Color in Commentary Mode

There is another way to change color but to do so you have to switch to Talker mode. You will lose screen space because of the tools toolbar and the sidebar (which can be hidden).

It is pretty easy to activate this mode:

  • On the menu bar, click on View.
  • After that choose Tools.
  • Then you will need a Comment button.
  • At the end press Open.

Once you are in comment mode, just use the color picker on the new panel. Then select the highlight tool and highlight the part of the document you want. The selected color will be the default color until you select another one.

You can also keep the highlighting tool selected by simply clicking on the pin icon. You’ll also find an opacity slider here to adjust the color in more detail.

When you’re done, click the Close button to the right of the toolbar to exit the commenter mode.

How to change the highlighting color in an app on the iOS

In the case of the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC app on Android, you will have the ability to select the highlighting color in the user interface. The version for the iOS is a bit different and changing the color here may be more difficult. However, if you know what to do, you can easily do it.

To do this you need to:

  • Click on the highlighted text.
  • In the menu that appears, click on Color, you should open a color selection window.
  • Select the color you want, it will replace the existing color and become the default color for future highlights.
  • Here you can also change the opacity setting of the color, just click on the Opacity option. The opacity level will also remain the default.

This isn’t the most convenient way if you need to change the color regularly, but in the iOS app it’s the only way to work.

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