How to Black Out Text in Acrobat

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How to Black Out Text in Acrobat
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Adobe Acrobat allows you to use the Commenting tools to highlight text in a document. When you highlight text, the default colour is yellow, however you can change the colour to match your preferences. If you want to black out text, you can use black highlighting to obscure the text from view.

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  1. 1

    Click on the “Tools” menu, select “Comment & Markup” and select “Highlight Text Tool.”

  2. 2

    Click and drag the cursor over text you want to black out. It automatically appears highlighted in the default yellow.

  3. 3

    Right-click or control-click on the highlighted text and select “Properties.”

  4. 4

    Click the colour swatch and select the black swatch from the options. Set the “Opacity” to “100%.”

  5. 5

    Click the “Make Properties Default” to set black as the default highlight colour, if desired. If you do not do this, you will have to adjust the Properties every time you highlight text. Press “OK” to leave the “Properties” window. The highlighted text appears blacked out.

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