highlight tool not working

I cannot get the highlighting tool to work. PDF producer is Acrobat Distiller 9.4.2 (Windows). I printed to PDF 4 pages from a website. The file has no security restrictions and the comments pane shows no comments even thought I have selected the text I want to highlight many times. I can add a sticky note.

Any ideas on what I should try?


Philomena Sucharda


2 Answers

Voted Best Answer

Are you sure the file contains "real" text? In other words, when you search for a word, does it highlight?
If not, then the file is probably composed of only images, and not real text, and therefore can't be highlighted using this tool.


By Gilad D (try67)   

There's an alternative to highlighting scanned copies of PDF. Go to customized settings tool, under Comments section, you'll see drawing markups. Add the LINE to your quick tools and you can use this to give the highlighting effect. You can change the properties of line, by right click on the line and changing the color, thickness and make it default. Works for me.

I'm using Acrobat X, but I assume the concept is the same for all versions.

Hope this helps


Michelle Kim   


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