Most electronic documents are saved in PDF format these days, especially the files with lengthy documents. While PDF is a great tool, there are instances when you have to deal with the issues of not being able to highlight important information in PDF eBooks and other materials when reading for future reference. Many readers, including Adobe, will only allow users to highlight files if they have rights to the document. Here we would like to share the easy solution on how to highlight PDF easily.
Part 1: How to Highlight PDF Files on Mac Using PDF Highlighting Tool
If you are having problem with highlighting a PDF on Mac, you could opt for a program called iSkysoft PDF Editor for Mac. This is an all-one tool for Mac and it has the capabilities to convert, annotate, edit or highlight PDF text easily.
Normally we use the Highlight Text button ("T") to highlight text with yellow,green,red or other colors. In addition to highlighting text, this professional PDF highlighter provides more tools for users to annotate/mark up the content on a PDF document.
Highlight in PDF on Mac with Ease
1. Highlight Texts in Yellow/Green/Pink or other Colors
You can easily highlight PDF texts on Mac with a selected color. Just click the "Highlight" (T) button and select any text you want in your PDF document. The selected texts will be highlighted with the default light-yellow color.
To change to other colors like Green, go to Tools > Inspector. In the dialog that opens, switch to Annotation Properties and click Fill Color open to pick a color you want. Then highlight PDF texts with the color you've chosen.
Now you can use this tool to highlight important sentense and key points in a PDF. Besides highlighting, you can also underline or strike through any selected text. All these functions help you mark the content easily. To do so, just click the T button again for a drop-down menu to select the tool you want.
2. Highlight Text in PDF with Annotation
• Add Sticky Note and Text Box
To add a Sticky Note or a Text box, first choose Sticky Note or Text Box from the tool bar, and then click on any position in the PDF document to type texts. The Sticky Note and Text Box have default colors, but you can change the colors in "Inspector" (Go to "Annotation Properties" tab for border colors and go to "Text Properties" tab for font colors).
• Draw Line Annotations
Click the Arror icon twice on top to open the menu as shown below and choose the tool you want to draw shapes on your PDF document.
• Add Free-hand Drawing and Links
Similarly, click the Pencil button twice to open a menu to choose from Pencil, Eraser and Link tools. Then you're able to add free-hand drawings in your PDF document, remove drawings by the Eraser tool, and add a link to an internal PDF page or an external web page.
Part 2: How to Highlight PDF on Windows/PC
Highlighting PDF files is actually one of the most widely used methods for markup while reading as it helps to find vital information and organize notes. You could capture specific words throughout a document or just highlight an entire phrase or one sentence. After using the iSkysoft PDF Editor for Windows (PDF Highlighter for Windows), the highlighted documents can be saved in any location and send to others with all the emphasized areas preserved. When you highlight text in your PDF files, especially with long articles, this will make it easier for you to identify the key points easily to save lots of reviewing and studying time.
Part 3: Highlight PDF with Free PDF Highlighter
• For Mac Users
If you are using a Mac, you will be able to download Preview, the free Mac OS X PDF highlighter, to view, edit and highlight PDF texts. Just highlight texts in PDF with Preview by following the below simple steps.
- Step 1: Open your PDF document with Preview on your Mac.
- Step 2: In the main interface, go to Tools and click Annotate to select Highlight Text. Alternatively, you can just press Control + Command + H to get ready for PDF highlight.
- Step 3: Then go to the texts in your PDF you want to highlight and drag your mouse over the texts to highlight them. Done!
• For Windows Users
If you are working on Windows PC, you can highlight PDF with Adobe Reader. Normally when you open a PDF file on Windows, it will be opened in Adobe Reader by default unless you have other alternative programs. This free PDF highlighter allows you to view, highlight and make small modification on PDF documents.
- Step 1: Open your PDF in Adobe Reader.
- Step 2: Click the “T” (the highlight text button) to begin to highlight PDF.
- Step 3: Click your mouse and drag it over the texts to highlight them.