Add custom colors and subjects to highlighters in free version of PDF-XChange Editor

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Joe Winograd
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This EE video Micro Tutorial shows a great feature in the free version of Tracker Software's PDF-XChange Editor. The feature is the ability to customize the highlighter tool in two ways. First, configure additional, custom colors. The initial installation sets up only seven different color highlighters: Blue, Gray, Green, Indigo, Purple, Red, and Yellow. Second, customize the subject given to each color highlighter. This can be done to the initial seven ones, as well as the custom colors that you add.

If this feature piques your interest in PDF-XChange Editor, here are three more five-minute EE video Micro Tutorials that show additional excellent features of the free version of PDF-XChange Editor:

How to rotate pages in a PDF with free software - PDF-XChange Editor

How to OCR pages in a PDF with free software - PDF-XChange Editor

How to password-protect a PDF with free software - PDF-XChange Editor

As a disclaimer, I want to emphasize that I have no affiliation with this company and no financial interest in it whatsoever. I am simply a happy user/customer.

Video Steps

1. Open the tool to customize highlighter

Select Comment menu

Right-click on Highlight button

Left-click on Comment Styles Palette

2. Clone an existing color

Left-click on any existing color (in the video, I do Gray)

Click the Clone button on the toolbar

3. Change the name and color of cloned highlighter

Click the Rename button on the toolbar

Change its name to the new color that you want (in the video, I do Orange)

Click the Fill Color drop-down in the right pane and set the color that you want (in the video, I do Orange)

4. Change the subject of any or all highlighters

Click the color highlighter whose subject you want to change (in the video, I do Red and Orange)

Click the Subject Kind drop-down in the right pane and select Custom

In the Subject field, enter the subject that you want for that color highlighter

5. You're done!

That's it! Enjoy your customized highlighters.

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Y E S ! ! !  VERY clearly explained.  Makes the highlight tool MUCH more powerful.  GREAT video tutorial.  Nice production value, too.  Well-executed.  Was cool the way it ended with the colors all filling in One could really get a sense of how valuable this could be with that. :D!
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by:Joe Winograd
Hi OT,
Glad to hear you like it! Thanks for the video Endorsement and the Testimonial — both very much appreciated! Cheers, Joe
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by:Andrew Leniart
Excellent explanation and voice over. 👍`
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by:Joe Winograd
Hi Andrew,
Thanks for the compliments and the Endorsement...very much appreciated! Regards, Joe
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