How to Unhighlight an Adobe Document

By Nick Davis

Adobe documents, viewable in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat, let you attach a variety of annotations within the documents to alert readers about changes in content and areas in the document that the reader needs to read immediately. Annotations include sticky notes for comments, strike-through text ability and the highlighting ability. You can even unhighlight text if you no longer want the text to stand out or you incorrectly highlighted a word or phrase.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat

Step 1

Open Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat, if it is not already open.

Step 2

Click "File," "Open." Navigate to the document you want to remove the highlight from. Double click on the file's name to open the document.

Step 3

Click on the highlighted word, phrase, sentence or area you want to unhighlight.

Step 4

Press the "Delete" key on your computer's keyboard.

Step 5

Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the next word, phrase, sentence or area you want to unhighlight.

Tips & Warnings

  • Once you are done unhighlighting, click "File," "Save" to save the document, if using Adobe Acrobat. If using Adobe Acrobat Reader, click "File," "Save a copy" to save the document.
  • Note, if the Adobe document is locked, contains a lock symbol on the toolbar on the left side of the Adobe application screen, you will not be able to save or modify the document.