If you’ve been highlighting text in Adobe Acrobat, and have wondered if you could change your highlighter to something else besides neon yellow, then you’ve come to the right place.

Unfortunately, the highlighter color options are hidden behind a few menus and a toolbar hidden from view, but once you’ve performed the steps below, you too will be let in on the secret. Once you’re finished, you’ll be able to switch colors at a whim.

Change the Highlight Color with Highlight Properties

This is the first of many ways you can change the highlight color without having to move your mouse cursor, through the use of the Highlight Properties window. It provides a selection of default colors as well as the option to create your own from a color wheel.

Here’s how you access it:

1. Start by launching Adobe Acrobat from your computer. Double click the program’s desktop shortcut to do so.

2. Once launched, it will do so in a new document. Click the File tab in the top left corner of your screen. In the drop down menu, choose Open, and select the document you would like to highlight and manipulate the color for.

3. Highlight the text with the default Highlight color, it’s usually yellow, preferably highlighting text you would like to use a different color for.

4. Once the text has been highlighted, right click on the highlighted text. In the drop down menu that appears, choose Properties. It’s at the bottom of the drop down menu.

Highlight Properties

5. In the Highlight Properties window, choose the color you want to change your text to by clicking on the currently selected color. It will open a menu of options. To choose additional colors, click “Other Color…” at the bottom of the color menu.

6. Click OK after you’ve chosen your color. Your highlight color will automatically change to the newly chosen highlight color.

Unfortunately, this method does NOT change your default color. You’ll be stuck with the original color that was set as default. This method is best used if you want to keep the color you’re using, but want to switch specific text to something else without changing your default color.

Change the Default Highlight Color with Properties

1. Highlight the text with the default Highlight color, it’s usually yellow, preferably highlighting text you would like to use a different color for.

2. Once the text has been highlighted, right click on the highlighted text. In the drop down menu that appears, choose Properties. It’s at the bottom of the drop down menu.

3. In the Highlight Properties window, choose the color you want to change your text to by clicking on the currently selected color. It will open a menu of options. To choose additional colors, click “Other Color…” at the bottom of the color menu.

Make Properties Default

4. Place a checkmark next to “Make Properties Default.” Once you’ve set that as your default highlight color, click OK.

Change the Highlight Color with Highlighter Tool

The two methods above can be rather clumsy when trying to switch between highlighter colors quickly. Instead, you can use the Highlighter Tool Properties. Not only can it be moved around as you work or placed in a better located, it allows for quicker highlighter color change as well as changing your default color in a jiffy.

1. Once launched, it will do so in a new document. Click the File tab in the top left corner of your screen. In the drop down menu, choose Open, and select the document you would like to highlight and manipulate the color for.

2. Highlight the text with the default Highlight color, it’s usually yellow, preferably highlighting text you would like to use a different color for.

3. Now, there’s a small grey toolbar floating around Adobe Acrobat. If you don’t see it, press these two keys together: CTRL + E.

4. On the left hand side of the toolbar, you can click on the current highlighter color and change it to something else. If you want something specific, click “Other Color…” and choose a unique color.

Keep Tool Selected

5. If you would like to set your current highlighter color as your default highlighter color, place a checkmark in “Keep Tool Selected.” You may have to click “More,” and then choose the option from a drop down menu.

6. Also, you can change the opacity of the highlighter color by clicking on the checkerboard icon to the right of the current highlighter color. There’s opacity as high as 100%, and an opacity as low as 20%.

As you can see, with a bit of menu magic and shortcuts, you can zip through different highlighter colors with ease. It’s just too bad that Adobe Acrobat is rather secret about their highlighter tool and its library of colors.

With that being said, you should have no problem turning your documents into a rainbow nightmare.