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How to Change Highlight Color in Adobe Reader

Written by Kelly Houstan

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

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

How to Change Highlight Color in Adobe Reader

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

Using Highlighter Tool in Properties Toolbar

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

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

Change the Highlight Color in Adobe Acrobat Reader on iOS Version

The iOS version of Adobe Acrobat reader is a really bit tricky. In order to change the highlight color in Adobe Acrobat Reader in the iOS version, then you 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 with all primary colors will appear. Select the color of your liking. It will then change the selected text’s color and also 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 chose a different setting as well.
  • This method is rapid and easy to use, however, not suitable if you guys have to change the highlight color in Adobe Acrobat a lot of times.

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

Change the Highlight Color using Comment Mode Color Picker

You can also change the highlight color in Adobe Acrobat via changing in order 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 as well.

  • In the menu bar, tap on the ‘View’ button.
  • Then hover over the ‘Tools’ option in the drop-down menu and then on ‘Comment.’
  • Then tap on ‘Open.’

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  • A new toolbar will appear on the screen as well. Now, select the color of your liking via the ‘Color Picker’ option on the toolbar. The color selected will then become the default highlighter color as well.
  • You can 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 want.


Well, That is all from my side. If you want to know more about this article or have any queries. Then feel free to ask me anything in the comments section below.

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