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How to Highlight PDF on Mac (Including Sierra)

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Highlighting PDF files is one of the most commonly used markup methods while reading. After highlighting text in PDF files, users can quickly find the key points in long articles, which can save a lot of time for study and review. For Mac users, Apple's built-in Preview can help you highlight PDF files easily in Mac. But if you also need to edit PDF files, or want to annotate on PDF files with more choices than with Preview, you can use Wondershare PDFelement for Mac, an excellent PDF editor which gives you the ability to edit, annotate, convert, mark up (highlighting included) PDF files easily within one program. Here is a quick guide showing you how to highlight PDF on Mac OS X (including El Capitan, Sierra and High Sierra).

Part 1The Best PDF Annotator to Highlight PDF on Mac

how to highlight pdf on mac

Wondershare PDFelement for Mac is multi-functional PDF software which lets you edit, annotate, protect and convert your PDF documents. You can make modifications to PDF text just like Word processor, as well as organize PDF pages by combining, splitting, extracting, replacing or cropping, ect.


  • It lets you annotate PDF with various markup tools and shapes.
  • It allows you to protect your PDF with high-level opening password and restricted permission access technology.
  • It helps reduce PDF size with its optimization function.
  • OCR function turns PDF into editable and searchable.
  • It is compatible with Mac OS X 10.10, 10.11, 10.12 and will support the upcoming macOS High Sierra.

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Part 2 How to Highlight PDF on Mac (Sierra Included)

Once you have downloaded PDFelement for Mac, drag it to the Application. Follow the easy steps to install it on your Mac. Unlike most of the software, Wondershare PDFelement for Mac does not have a complex installation wizard. All you have to do is to click 2-3 times and the program will be installed within a few seconds.

Step 1. Open your PDF with PDFelement

After downloading and installing PDFelement for Mac, launch the program. Click on the "Open File" button on the Home window. Select the PDF file to upload and click on "Open" button. Alternatively you can drag and drop the files to PDFelement to open them.

Step 2. Highlight PDF Text on Mac

Click the "Comment" button on the top toolbar to expand the submenu. Then select the "Highlight" icon and then select any text you want to markup in the PDF document. If you don't like the default highlight color (yellow), you can choose another color in Inspector, and then highlight the text with the color you choose.

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Published: May 19,2015 11:06 am / Updated: Sep 01,2017 17:09 pm

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