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How to Change Highlight Color in Adobe Acrobat

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Adobe acrobat reader is undoubtedly one of the leading apps in order to view, highlight, and also access documents. Even though working on Adobe Acrobat Reader is really easy, there are still some features that are really hard to get used to. It may also be the annoying tools pane or in our case, that changing the highlight color. The Adobe Acrobat reader’s highlighting tool is really convenient if you guys want to mark and highlight important excerpts in a document. In this article, we are going to talk about How to Change Highlight Color in Adobe Acrobat. Let’s begin!

However, everyone has their preferences, and the default highlight color may not be likable to everyone as well. There are a lot of ways to change the highlight color in adobe acrobat reader even though the feature actually seems almost impossible to find. Don’t worry; this article has got you covered! Here are some good ways in order to change the highlight color in Adobe Acrobat Reader.

How to Change Highlight Color in Adobe Acrobat Reader

There are many methods that can be employed to change the color of highlight text in Adobe Acrobat as well. You can also change the color both before and after you guys have done the highlighting as well.

Using Highlighter Tool in Properties Toolbar

Even though the above method is really straightforward to use, it may not be optimum if you guys have to change the highlight color too often. In this case, you can just simply make use of the highlighter toolbar that can be called via a simple shortcut.

  • For the ‘Highlighter Tool Properties’ toolbar, you have to tap on Ctrl+ E on your keyboard. You can also tap on the Highlighter icon and then use the shortcut keys if the toolbar does not really appear.
  • This toolbar has also your color and opacity settings. You guys can move it around the screen at your convenience.
  • The opacity menu, in this case, doesn’t even have a slider but a few preset standard values, and the color palette has all the primary colors.
  • If you guys have to do a lot of highlighting, then you can just check the ‘Keep tool selected’ option.
  • The color that you select will become the default color for your highlighting, and then you can close and open the toolbar easily along with a single shortcut.

Change Highlight Color after the Text is Highlighted

  • If you have already highlighted some text in your document and want to change the color. Select texts via using the Ctrl key and drag your mouse up to the text you wish to choose.
  • Right-tap on the selected text and select the ‘Properties’ option from the menu.

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  • The ‘Highlight Properties’ dialog box will now open. Head to the ‘Appearance’ tab and select the color from the color picker. You guys can also change the opacity level of the highlight using the slider.
  • If you guys want to keep the settings for future use too, then check the ‘Make Properties default’ option and then click OK.
  • This will basically change the color of the highlighted text to the one of your choosing. If you select the default option, too, then you can use the same color next time.

Change the Highlight Color in Adobe Acrobat Reader on iOS Version 

The iOS version of Adobe Acrobat reader is actually a bit tricky. To change the highlight color in Adobe Acrobat Reader in the iOS version, you guys just have to follow a few steps.

  • Tap on any of your Pre-highlighted text or words. A floating menu will also appear. Select the ‘Color‘ option.
  • A color palette along with all primary colors will appear. Select the color of your liking. It will change the selected text’s color and then become the default highlighter color the next time you use the tool.
  • The opacity level can also be changed via selecting the ‘opacity‘ setting from the floating menu. It will also remain the same unless you guys choose a different setting.
  • This method is rapid and easy to use, however, not suitable if you guys have to change the highlight color in Adobe Acrobat many times.

using Comment Mode Color Picker 

You can also change the highlight color in Adobe Acrobat via changing to comment mode. But, this method may not be suited for everyone as a side pane, and also an additional toolbar uses substantial space on your screen.

  • In the menu bar, then tap on the ‘View’ button.
  • Just hover over the ‘Tools’ option in the drop-down menu and then on ‘Comment.’
  • Tap on ‘Open.’
  • A new toolbar will also appear on the screen. Now, select the color of your liking using the ‘Color Picker’ option on the toolbar. The color selected will also become the default highlighter color too.
  • You can also again keep the Highlighter Tool selected via clicking on the Pin-Shaped icon in the toolbar.
  • The opacity slider is also available to select the level of opacity you guys want.


Alright, That was all Folks! I hope you guys like this article and also find it helpful to you. Give us your feedback on it. Also if you guys have further queries and issues related to this article. Then let us know in the comments section below. We will get back to you shortly.

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