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An Effortless Way to Highlight PDF in Preview on Mac

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2022-07-14 21:27:57 • Filed to: Mac Software Comparison • Proven solutions

PDF documents can be viewed easily on any device while still retaining their original formatting. If you're dealing with a large PDF document containing many pages and you want to mark specific sections, then the highlight tool can be a huge help. Highlighting your document makes it easier to organize information and take notes. Mac's built-in Preview application lets you highlight PDF. Find out how to highlight PDF in Preview in this article below.

How to Highlight PDF without Preview on Mac

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Step 1. Upload PDF

After downloading and installing PDFelement, open the program. Click on the "Open File" button or tap on "Open" on the Home screen, and select the PDF file you want to upload.

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Step 2. Highlight Text in PDF

At the left toolbar, click on the "Markup" button and select "Highlight". The "Appearance" window will appear on the left side. Select the color that you prefer. From there, go to your PDF and select the text you want to highlight. It will then be highlighted.

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Step 3. Add Sticky Notes and Draw Markups

Now click on the "Markup" tab in the top toolbar. Press the "Sticky Note" button in the submenu and select the text where you want to apply the sticky note.

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How to Highlight PDF with Preview on Mac

Step 1. Open your document in preview by pressing control-click and choosing "Open with Preview" or dragging and dropping the file into Preview.

Step 2. Navigate to the top right corner. Click on the highlighter pen.

Step 3. Select the text you want to highlight and apply it. You can change the color of the highlighter on the toolbar. You can then save your document.

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