Adboe Reader 11.0 - Change color of text highlight

Hello everyone,
I have a scanned document as a PDF that contains a column of personal medical info that I need to submit to someone. I want to cover up the column that contains the private info that I don't want anyone to see.

So, it seems that I can "highlight" a column of text in yellow (the default color). I'm thinking that if I can change the highlight color to black, I could effectively obscure the text.

Is there a way to change the highlighting color? I can't see to find the option.

Thanks,
Steve
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAsked:
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KimputerCommented:
That's because these are the "simple" options (it's the free Reader after all). They want to keep the "advanced" options for the paid versons of Acrobat (which of course includes more options, changing of colors etc).

Please note, even if it was the paid version, be careful, the data is still underneath the highlight (or whatever function you would use in the paid Acrobat version), and with some tweaks, the other side _might_ be able to read what you wanted to hide.

For now, the more elaborate way is to scan to picture, edit the picture, then print as PDF, then send it out. Or if scanning and editing is too much trouble, just cover up the physical paper with stickers or other forms of blocking (transparent sheet with removable marker) before scanning the page.
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Kimputer,

Thank you. I'm wondering though if I have the "paid" version b/c I am able to edit it and save the changes. (My edit was merely a test edit per highlighting a column heading). Does that mean I have the PAID ver.?

If not, per scanning and editing the picture, (and I have it now only as a PDF), what tool(s would I use?

Steve
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KimputerCommented:
It will say clearly Acrobat Reader when it starts up or in the Help/About section. In that case, it's not paid (paid versions are called Adobe Acrobat Standard/Pro), and highlighting is just a free tool to entice you to consider buying it for more advanced tools.

Method 1:
Scanning to PDF (because you can't find the option to save as JPG). Then open the PDF in Reader, screen capture on or more pages. Then edit it in a free program (best options are Paint.Net or Gimp). Then print out the pages in PDFcreator (queue the files in the correct order, print the next pages) and make it one PDF file.

Method 2: Scan to JPG files, open each (saves you the screen capture you need in Method 1), edit, print though PDFcreator.
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I'm going with Method 1, which I'll try later. Will get back to you when I've done so.
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Kimputer,

OK, I used the Snipping Tool to copy and paste into PAINT. I can take it from here. Thanks for your help!

Steve
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Steve,
I see that you already closed this question, but I wanted to let you know that it is possible to change the highlighter color in Adobe Reader XI (11). Right-click on the highlighter tool in the Annotations section and select Tool Default Properties. Then click the color square (default is yellow) and it will give you this color palette to choose from:

Adobe Reader XI Highlighter Tool Properties.jpg
Pick whatever color you want — including, of course, black! Regards, Joe
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Joe, thank you.  But don't see that choice when I right click the highlight button...

Abode Highlight Pulldown
Thanks.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Steve,
In Adobe Reader XI (11), click the Comment tab in the upper right, expand the Annotations section, and you'll see the Highlight text tool:

Adobe Reader XI Highlight Text tool
That's what you should right-click, Then you'll see this:

Tool Default Properties
Regards, Joe
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Joe,
Only the YELLOW choice displays...Thanks.

Can choose only yellow highlight
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Steve,
Left-click the yellow square and you'll get the color palette:

color palette
Then left-click whatever color you want — including, of course, black! Regards, Joe
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Nice! Now I'm able to highlight in black.  Admittedly, (unless I'm doing it wrong) a bit laborious. I cannot simply select the column on this chart . I have to do it line by line but I can live with it! :)

Thanks,
Steve
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You are correct — selecting the text in a PDF file to highlight (or perform other operations, like copy, underline, strikethrough, etc.) can be cumbersome/laborious. It's not always obvious what it's going to select until you do it. :)
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks again!
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome — happy to help!
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
To anyone reading this thread:
Please review Joe's comments as they provide some great info.

Steve
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KimputerCommented:
As a side note, just as an exercise: after you're all done, and saved your work, try to UNDO your black highlights. If you are able to, so will anyone else with Adobe Reader! Therefore, is it really hiding as you wish (as the confidential data is still there)?
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Kimputer. While I"m not sure how to undo the highlighting, I still plan to either fax or mail a hardcopy.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Yes, Annotations may be removed if they haven't been burned in. For example, in Adobe Reader XI, simply right-click on a black highlight and you'll get this context menu:

Annotation context menu
Left-click the Delete menu item and the black highlight goes away, revealing the underlying text. Of course, if you're going to fax or mail a hardcopy, it doesn't matter. But if you want to send a PDF, you should burn in the blackouts/redactions. There are many ways to do this. One way is with the doPDF (free!) print driver. Simply print the PDF to the doPDF printer and the redactions will be burned into the resulting PDF — they cannot be moved or deleted. Regards, Joe
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Joe. I actually used the above to fix a black highlight I had not meant to do. :)

I'll pass for now on burning in, but good to know.

Steve
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