How To Use the Highlight Text Tool in Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat is a very powerful tool for making complex PDF documents. Because PDF documents are used for a wide variety of purposes, it contains a number of features that you will not find in simple PDF viewers, which will only allow you to view PDFs, but not make real adjustments and changes to the PDF. Here’s how you can use the highlight text tool in Adobe Acrobat.

  • Open. Start by opening the program. You can do this manually, by searching for the program form your start button. If you do this, then you can open a PDF file by going to the File button in the menu bar, and then looking for the Open button. Clicking on the open button will bring up a directory dialog box where you can choose the PDF files that you want to open. Or, you can go directly to the file that you want to open, and then right click it. Upon right clicking, choose “Open with” and specify Adobe Acrobat as the application to be used.
  • Show the tool. Now that you have opened Adobe Acrobat, the next step is for you to show the highlight tool on the interface. To be able to do this, you will need to click on the View button, and then click on the Toolbar sub-menu. Doing this will show you a list of tools that you can display right on the top of the screen. Click on the Comments and Markup Toolbar, and then select the highlight text tool from the list. If the highlight text tool is already embedded in your interface, then you can skip this part.
  • Click and drag. To actually use the highlight text tool, you will need to simply click on the icon on the top of the screen, and then hover it over the start of the text that you want to highlight. Click on the first word, and then drag horizontally to the right, until you have covered the entire line. If you want to highlight the next line as well, bring down the cursor to the second line and move up to the end of the word that you have highlighted. Make sure that you only release the mouse button after you have made the selection. Now, all you need is to repeat the same procedure for all of the parts of the document where you want to highlight a particular text.
  • Images vs. text. Keep in mind, however, that you cannot select all ‘text’ in a document. In some cases, letters or words that you will see in a PDF document may not actually be a valid text object in the program. For instance, if there is a picture embedded in the PDF file and that picture contains text, the highlight tool will not work for that text because it is read as a picture and not as a text.

Also remember that any highlights that you add to the document will be saved, if you so choose. With these in mind, you should be able to easily use the highlight text tool in Adobe Acrobat.


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