How to remove highlights from PDF files.

A woman sitting at a table removes highlights from her PDF files on her laptop.

Learn two easy methods for removing highlights on your PDF files, resulting in clean, easy-to-read documents.

Whether you’re studying for an exam or sharing information with team members, the highlighter feature is an excellent tool to make text stand out on your PDFs. However, there are definitely times when you might go a little overboard with the highlighting.

Learn how to remove some of those markups or remove the highlighting entirely so that you’ll be left with a clean, easy-to-read document. Let’s look at how to unhighlight text in PDF files.

How to remove highlights from PDF files

One of the easiest ways to remove highlights from your PDF is to use online editor tools, such those found in Acrobat online services. Just open Acrobat from any web browser and follow these simple steps:

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  1. Single-click on the area of highlighted text you wish to remove.
  2. A small toolbox will appear with two options, allowing you to change the color of your highlight or delete the highlight altogether.
  3. To remove your highlight, click the trash can icon.

Easily remove highlights from PDFs with PDF software.

If you manage lots of PDFs within your workflow, another easy way to remove highlights is to use dedicated PDF software like Adobe Acrobat. By installing dedicated software, you can bring ease and efficiency with you wherever you go. Although Adobe Acrobat online services offer a wide array of tools to edit and adjust your document, you can get even more out of the Adobe Acrobat software. Editing and adjusting pages has never been easier. Plus, having the software downloaded to your computer makes it quicker to access and easier to get your work done faster.

Here’s how to use it to remove those highlights:

  1. Open the Adobe Acrobat app and upload the file from which you wish to remove highlights.
  2. Click the area of highlighted text you wish to remove. This will create a blue outline around the text.
  3. A small toolbox will appear with three icons. Choose the third icon — the trash symbol — to remove the highlighted text.
  4. Save and download your new document free of highlights.

Once you’ve removed your selected highlights, you can add, edit text, and share the file with teammates and collaborators.

How to change the color of highlights in a PDF.

Changing highlight color is easy with the help of the Acrobat online tool kit:

  1. Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat online.
  2. Click and drag your cursor to choose the area of text that you wish to highlight.
  3. There will be a small toolbox above your text. Choose the highlighter icon and it will automatically highlight the selected text.
  4. To change the color of highlights, click the highlighted area and a new toolbox will appear. From here, you can change the highlight color, remove the highlight, add a note, and make other adjustments as needed.

Along with highlighting, you can also strike through, underline, edit, and more.

Explore what more you can do with Acrobat to make working with PDF files fast and easy.