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    Hi, this sounds incredibly stupid but how do I change the highlighter color in Foxit reader 7? In the older version, a new panel/set of buttons would pop up when I press the highlight button, but in the new version, I see no new button or new panel to change the color. The only way is to highlight with yellow, then go back and right mouse click and change it color to an alternative, a very cumbersome way. I've tried with the FAQ but it says:
    • Select a commenting tool you desire, highlighting tool for example.
    • Click the fill color icon under HIGHLIGHT TOOL tab, select a color.

    But I don't see this "fill color icon" under highlight tool tab (see attachment) or am I missing something here? Please respond with pictures and possibly arrows pointing to where you mean or want me to look. It's probably one of those stupid things that I'm missing but it's driving me nuts. Thank you so much
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    wow don't know why the forum shrank my image that much, but here's the link to my ribbon/button/tab/panel in foxit reader in case it shows what I'm dealing with.

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    • #3
      Right click on one highlight, Choose Properties... then you can change your color by click on yellow color. If you want your custom color as default, tick on Set Current Properties as default.

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      • #4
        Thank you Harry for sharing the solution.
        @capnx, please refer to the instruction provided by Harry.

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        • #5
          Hi Harry, I know of that procedure already. I'm just wondering is there a color panel or button that is available that would make the color changing process faster. It's rather cumbersome to have to right click everytime I want to switch back and forth (eg: switching between highlighting terms and definitions)

          Thanks

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          • #6
            But this has been a feature in the previous version!? You could customise the quick access bar to add a button for directly changing the color of the highlighter. For me this was the single most important bit. Using different colors was for me the only way to not get lost in overly obscure academic gibberish when I reading scientific articles. Unfortunately, removing this feautre has diminished the value of the software significantly

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            • #7
              Hi ValeriE,
              There are three optional ways to change highlight color in Foxit Reader 7.0.6:
              1) You may add the highlight then right-click on the highlight and open Properties and change the color. After you've changed the highlight color per your needs, you could right-click on the highlight then click "Set Current Properties as Default".
              2) You may click on the highlight, then you can see a new menu "Comment Format" appears. You could then change the color under "Comment Format" menu.
              3) You may add the color change icons to Quick Launch Bar. To do that, you may right-click on the blank area of the toolbar, then click "Customize Quick Access Toolbar"->under "Choose commands" section, please choose "Comment Format"->then Add "Line Color"->"OK". After this, you could highlight the text, choose the highlight then click on "Line Color" appeared at the Quick Access Toolbar to change color.

              Hope info above helps.
              Last edited by cherry; 01-31-2015, 03:29 AM.

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              • #8
                Many thanks Cherry. Your help was indeed very helpful. Option 3 is the one that comes closest to the routine I got used to. It seems I have to adapt my routine, involuntarily, to the change of the reader's technical properties.

                If there is a way that this will find its way to the developers, I find this super annoying. Maybe it was an unintended consequence. Maybe the developers could think about improving the highlighting functionality in one of the next updates!

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                • #9
                  Hi ValeriE,

                  I've forwarded your comments to PM team so we could consider to improve the highlight color change process in future versions. When one highlight has been added, we click on the highlight, the "Comment Format" menu should appear and be focused.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cherry View Post
                    Hi ValeriE,
                    There are three optional ways to change highlight color in Foxit Reader 7.0.6:
                    1) You may add the highlight then right-click on the highlight and open Properties and change the color. After you've changed the highlight color per your needs, you could right-click on the highlight then click "Set Current Properties as Default".
                    2) You may click on the highlight, then you can see a new menu "Comment Format" appears. You could then change the color under "Comment Format" menu.
                    3) You may add the color change icons to Quick Launch Bar. To do that, you may right-click on the blank area of the toolbar, then click "Customize Quick Access Toolbar"->under "Choose commands" section, please choose "Comment Format"->then Add "Line Color"->"OK". After this, you could highlight the text, choose the highlight then click on "Line Color" appeared at the Quick Access Toolbar to change color.

                    Hope info above helps.

                    Thank you bro.. you save me

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                    • #11
                      I agree that the 3rd option helps, but it still doesn't give the functionality that use to exist in prior versions. You have to highlight first then change the color of the highlight each time, it won't save going forward unless you stop and save it as a new default. In prior versions once you changed the color the next text you highlighted was the new color. Bring back the prior functionality, this is one of 3 or so main functions I use in this program and is very annoying the way it is.

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                      • #12
                        jmlieder

                        If you'd like to save one color going forward, you may go under "File"->"Change Toolbar Mode"->"Classic Toolbar Mode" to switch to Classic Toolbar Mode first. Then go under "Comments"->"Text Tools"->"Highlight" or click "Highlight" on the toolbar to add the highlight. After having added one highlight, you'll see a small "property" window appears then you can easily change the color from the "Line Color". Once you've changed to a new color, then new color will be saved until you change to another color. You may give it a go on your side and see if it helps.

                        BTW, to switch from "Classic Toolbar Mode" back to "Ribbon Mode", you may go under "View"->UI Options"->"Change Toolbar Mode".

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                        • #13
                          cherry Hi! I'm using the free Foxit Reader version 8.2.1.6871 and am looking to customize the highlighter shortcuts, similar to ValeriE. I use several different highlight colors in each document and would like to be able to easily change between them without going through the color and opacity menus each time I highlight a sentence, as that is annoying, time-consuming, and interrupts the flow of my reading. Essentially, the functionality of the Comment Format toolbar is exactly what I'm looking for, but I'm wondering if it's possible to customize the 6 preset colors, or add more options.

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                          • #14
                            Dear SarahP,

                            I have submitted your request"Support to customize the 6 preset colors, or add more options"as a new feature to our internal featuare system for our
                            related department's further reference with suggestion ID#PHANTOM-9163.

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                            • #15
                              Oh, great. That's exactly the feature I was looking for. I keep having to click options -> properties -> Color. I use a Green - Orange - Blue - Red coding system that I've picked up when I read things on IAnnotate on the Ipad, but those colors aren't in the default options. Also, it's hard to consistently pick the same colors that way, so being able to customize the standard colors would be Incredibly helpful.
                              Last edited by KoljaKeller; 10-17-2017, 04:06 PM.

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