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How to change highlight colour in Adobe?

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PDF files form an important part of just about any professional workflow. They’re becoming increasingly popular and while the average person may be fine opening a PDF in their browser, Adobe’s Acrobat reader is one of the best PDF readers that you can use, especially for those who want the extra features it offers. 

In this article, we’re talking about how you can change the highlight colour in Adobe’s Acrobat reader. 

Also read: How to fix Acrobat Reader error 14?

Changing highlight colours in Adobe Acrobat

Adobe’s Comment tool is a game-changer if you need to annotate a PDF with different comments and suggestions. It works very similarly to something like the comment tool in Google Docs.

One of the more useful features of the Comment tool is the ability to have different highlight colours. Sure, you can highlight PDFs in other programs and even browsers, but the ability to highlight different colours makes workflows much simpler and you can keep track of more things at a given time. 

It’s also quite simple to do so. Just follow these steps. 

Step 1: Open your PDF document in Acrobat, then click Tools. You’ll see a number of different tools show up with their descriptions. Click the Open button under Comment. 

Step 2: Select the Highlighter from the top bar and select the text you’d want to highlight. 

Step 3: Select the colour dot in the top right and select the colour you want to use. You can also set the colour opacity here. 

If you want to add a custom colour that doesn’t already exist in the colour palette, click the gear icon in the top-right of the colour palette, select Colour and then Other Colour. 

Now select the custom colour you want and you’re good to go. Additionally, you can also make the colour change permanent by checking the Make Properties Default checkbox at the bottom of the window. 

Also read: How to fix Adobe Acrobat internal error?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: