3 Easy Ways to Remove Highlight in PDF

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This post introduces three simple methods to remove highlights in PDFs, including using PDFgear for free, both offline and online, and using Adobe Acrobat to eliminate PDF highlights.

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How To Remove Highlight in PDF

How To Remove Highlight in PDF

Creating a PDF document often involves using highlights and annotation tools to emphasize sections. Before finalizing your draft, remove all highlights from the PDF to maintain a professional appearance.

Whether you want to remove the highlights from individual words or an entire paragraph, we’ll show you how to do this using PDFgear and Adobe Acrobat.

How to Remove All Highlights in PDF for Free Using PDFgear

PDFgear is the best solution for removing or extracting highlights from PDFs. It’s completely free and full-featured, allowing you to extract text from PDF images and change font or font size in PDFs.

Despite being free, PDFgear rivals expensive PDF editors on the market. Download and install PDFgear on your Mac, iOS, or Windows device to experience its advanced features.

PDFgear – Best PDF Highlighter

PDFgear lets you highlight or remove highlights from text in PDFs and edit documents freely, all at no cost and without restrictions

Step 1. Open a PDF in the PDF Highlight Remover

Launch PDFgear on your Mac or PC. Click “Open File” to choose the PDF you want to edit.

Open PDF File in PDFgear Desktop

Open PDF File in PDFgear Desktop

Locate the “Comment” button in the top-left corner to see all highlights in the left panel.

Open the Comment Panel

Open the Comment Panel

Step 2. Remove Highlights from a PDF

Find the comment content and click the trash symbol icon to delete the highlights.

Delete Highlights in PDF

Delete Highlights in PDF

Alternatively, right-click the highlighted text and select “Delete” to remove the highlights.

Step 3. Save Your PDF

After removing highlights, make any additional edits such as adding and editing the PDF text.

Click the “Save As” button in the upper left corner to save your new document free of highlights.

Save the PDF without Highlights

Save the PDF without Highlights

How to Unhighlight in PDF Online for Free

If you prefer not to download third-party software to your device, PDFgear’s online PDF editor is a highly effective option for considering the removal of all highlights in a PDF. In addition to unhighlighting PDF text, you can also perform other edits such as adding free text, inserting digital signatures, and adding stamps to your PDF.

With no email address required for registration and no limitations, you can easily remove highlights from PDF text in just three simple steps.

Step 1. Upload a PDF to Remove Highlight

Open your web browser and visit the PDFgear online PDF editor. Click “Choose files” to open the PDF from which you want to remove highlights.

Open a PDF with PDFgear Online

Open a PDF with PDFgear Online

On a successful open, you’ll be directed to the PDF editor page.

Step 2. Remove Highlights from PDF Online

Since your document already has highlights, locate the “Comment Panel” button under the “Add or Edit Annotations” tab in the top-right corner.

This opens a list of comments on the right, showing all annotations in the PDF.

Open the Comment Panel

Open the Comment Panel

Find the comment containing the highlighted content and click the three dots icon at the top-right of the comment. Choose “Delete” from the options to remove highlights from the PDF.

Delete Highlight Online

Delete Highlight Online

Alternatively, you can right-click the highlighted text and select “Clear” from the options to unhighlight the text.

Directly Delete the Highlight

Directly Delete the Highlight

Step 3. Download the PDF without Highlights

Once you’ve removed all the highlights to your satisfaction, it’s time to save your edited PDF. Look for an option like “Download.” Click on it to save the PDF to your computer or device.

Download the File without Highlights

Download the File without Highlights

How to Remove Highlight from PDF in Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Acrobat is a great PDF editor that can help remove highlights from a document. However, it’s not the most budget-friendly option for this task since it’s a premium tool with advanced features.

To remove highlights in Adobe Acrobat, just follow these easy steps:

Delete Highlight in Adobe Acrobat

Delete Highlight in Adobe Acrobat

Step 1. Start by launching Adobe Acrobat and uploading the file with highlights.

Step 2. Select the highlighted text area you want to delete, and it will be highlighted with a blue outline.

Step 3.  A toolbox with three icons will pop up. Select the third one (the trash symbol) to delete the highlights.

Step 4. Finally, save and download your highlight-free document.


Why am I unable to remove highlights in a PDF?

If your PDF is scanned, removing highlights becomes challenging as it is uneditable. PDFgear, however, provides a solution by allowing you to OCR the PDF, turning it into an editable document.

Can I remove someone else’s highlights in a shared PDF?

If you possess editing rights for the PDF, removing highlights is feasible. In the case of a protected document, PDFgear can be utilized to unlock the PDF and enable highlight removal.

Will removing highlights in a PDF affect the text underneath?

No, removing highlights from a PDF should not affect the text underneath. Highlights are typically added as a layer on top of the text, so deleting them just removes this layer.

How can I prevent the accidental removal of highlights in PDF documents?

To prevent accidental removal of highlights, make a copy of the highlighted PDF. If forgotten, PDFgear offers two solutions: use “Ctrl” + “Z” to undo steps or click “save as” after completing your work to create a highlight-free copy.


In conclusion, eliminating highlights from a PDF can be done easily and for free with PDFgear, both online and offline. For those seeking a paid option, Adobe Acrobat provides similar functionality.

Whether you choose the free, feature-rich PDFgear or the comprehensive Adobe Acrobat, you’ll have the tools you need to maintain a professional and polished PDF document.


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