How to Make a Page Darker in Adobe Acrobat

Updated February 21, 2017

Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free application available from the Adobe software development company. The Adobe Acrobat Reader application has become a mainstream software bundle that allows companies to host documents on the web without giving the end user the ability to change the document text. However, there are certain accessibility options available for you to change to make the documents easier to read if you have a difficult time reading text with the default white background. The background can be changed in the preferences of the Adobe Acrobat software.

Click the Windows "Start" button and select "All Programs." In the list of programs, Adobe Acrobat is listed. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat installed, you can download it for free. The Resource link at the bottom of the article is the Adobe website where you can download the software for free.

Click the "Edit" button in the main menu at the top of the Adobe Acrobat window. In the list of menu options, select "Preferences." This opens a new dialog box with a list of preferences for the Acrobat application.

Click the "Accessibility" link at the left of the Preferences window. This displays a list of options in the right side of the window pane.

Check the box labeled "Replace Document Colors." This enables more options including the choice of a darker background color.

Click the "Page Background" color icon. This opens a new dialog box where you can make the page darker. Choose the color you wish to set for Acrobat. The color list automatically closes and the new color option is shown in the Page Background setting.

Click the "Ok" button to save the configuration preferences. The next time you open a document in Adobe Acrobat, a darker page background is displayed.

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