Highlighting text in a PDF: 12 steps (with images)

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Highlighting text in a PDF: 12 steps (with images)
Highlighting text in a PDF: 12 steps (with images)
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In this article, we'll teach you how to highlight text in a PDF document using the free Adobe Reader DC program, available for both Mac and PC, or the Preview program on a Mac.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Using Adobe Reader DC

Highlight Text in a PDF Document Step 1

Step 1. Open a PDF document in Adobe Reader

You do this by first opening the Adobe Reader program, the program icon is red with a stylized white a in it. Then click File in the menu bar at the top of the window, click Open…, select the PDF document you want to edit and click Open.

Download the program first if you don't already have it. You can download it for free at get.adobe.com/reader and it can be used on Windows, Mac and Android operating systems

Highlight Text in a PDF Document Step 2

Step 2. Click the button to highlight text

This button looks like a highlighter, and it's on the right side of the menu bar at the top of the window.

Highlight Text in a PDF Document Step 3

Step 3. Place the cursor at the beginning of the text you want to select

Highlight Text in a PDF Document Step 4

Step 4. Click your mouse and hold the button while dragging the cursor over the text

Highlight Text in a PDF Document Step 5

Step 5. Release the button when you are done

The text is now highlighted.

Highlight Text in a PDF Document Step 6

Step 6. Click on File in the menu bar and in the drop-down menu on Save.

Now the marker is saved.

Method 2 of 2: Using Preview on a Mac

Highlight Text in a PDF Document Step 7

Step 1. Open a PDF document in the Preview program

You do this by first double clicking on the blue icon with overlapping photos of Preview. Then click Archive in the menu bar and on Open… in the drop-down menu. Select a file in the dialog box and click Open.

Preview is Apple's proprietary program that opens PDF files and images. The program comes standard with every Apple operating system

Highlight Text in a PDF Document Step 8

Step #2. Click on the highlighter

Just to the right of the center of the menu bar at the top of the window, you'll find a button with a highlighter.

You can change the highlighter color by clicking the down arrow to the right of the highlighter. Then click on the desired color

Highlight Text in a PDF Document Step 9

Step 3. Place the cursor at the beginning of the text you want to select

Highlight Text in a PDF Document Step 10

Step 4. Click your mouse and hold the button while dragging the cursor over the text

Highlight Text in a PDF Document Step 11

Step 5. Release the button when you are done

The text is now highlighted.

Highlight Text in a PDF Document Step 12

Step 6. In the menu bar, click on Archive and in the drop-down menu on Keep.

Now the marker is saved.

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