How to Highlight Text with Adobe Reader 9

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How to Highlight Text with Adobe Reader 9
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You can call attention to specific areas of text in a PDF using the Highlight Text Tool in Adobe Reader 9. However, you can use this tool only in PDFs where commenting has been enabled. According to Adobe, “PDFs in a review workflow typically include commenting rights.“ With the Highlight Text Tool, making certain pieces of text stand out is a simple process.

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  1. 1

    Open the PDF in Adobe Reader 9.

  2. 2

    Click the “Tools” menu, highlight “Commenting & Markup” and select “Highlight Text Tool.”

  3. 3

    Click next to the text you want to highlight, and drag the tool over the text. When you release the button, the highlighting appears. To highlight a rectangular area of text, hold the “Ctrl” key in Windows or the “Option” key in Mac, and click and drag over the area.

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