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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Change the Highlight Color in Adobe Acrobat Reader

 Text highlighted in a custom color on the Acrobat Reader window.

Change the Text Highlight Color in Acrobat Reader

To change the color used to highlight the text, first, open your PDF document with Acrobat Reader.

In the document, select the text you want to highlight. If you have already highlighted your text and you only want to change the existing highlight, then select your currently highlighted text.

We’ll select some text.

Select text in an Acrobat Reader document.

Right-click the selected text and choose “Highlight Text” from the menu.

Right-click the text and choose "Highlight Text" from the menu.

Acrobat Reader highlights your selected text with the default highlight color. To change this color, right-click the highlighted text and choose “Properties.”

Right-click the highlighted text and choose "Properties."

You will see a “Highlight Properties” window. Here, at the top, click the “Appearance” tab. Then select a new highlight color from the “Color” field. Adjust the opacity as well if you want to make highlights more noticeable.

To make the newly selected color the default highlight color, activate the “Make Properties Default” option. Then click “OK.”

Select a new highlight color on the "Highlight Properties" window.

The text in your document now uses the newly chosen highlight color.

New highlight color.

And that’s all there is to it.

Change the Form Field Highlight Color in Acrobat Reader

You can change the highlight color for form fields as well. To do so, first, launch Acrobat Reader. You do not need to have a document open.

If you’re on Windows, then on the Acrobat Reader window, select Edit > Preferences from the menu bar. If you are on Mac, click Acrobat Reader > Preferences in the menu bar.

Select Edit > Preferences in Acrobat Reader.

On the “Preferences” window, in the left sidebar, click “Forms.”

Click "Forms" on the "Preferences" window.

In the “Highlight Color” section on the right, you can specify the default highlight color individually for the optional and mandatory form fields.

To change the optional fields’ highlight color, click the “Fields Highlight Color” option and pick a new color. To change the mandatory fields’ highlight color, click the “Required Fields Highlight Color” and select a color.

Then, at the bottom, click “OK.”

Change the form field highlight color in the "Highlight Color" section.

You are all set.

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