Highlight Multiple Text Keywords by Text Search
This tutorial demonstrates how to automatically highlight specific items of text in a PDF document, using the AutoBookmark plug-in.
This method uses a multiple keyword text search to look for text in an input document, and highlight any occurrences of it. Text can be highlighted in various user-specified colors or mixed colors scheme.
Automate this task using the Action Wizard tool (known as "Batch Processing" in earlier Acrobat versions) to highlight search text in multiple PDF documents at once with a single click (requires AutoBookmark Pro and Adobe Acrobat Pro). This operation can be also executed from a command-line BAT file.
highlights before/after
You need a copy of Adobe® Acrobat® along with the AutoBookmark™ plug-in installed on your computer in order to use this tutorial. Both are available as trial versions.
Step 1 - Open the Tool
Open the document that you want to add text highlights to in Adobe Acrobat, and press "Plug-ins > Highlight > Highlight Text By Search...".
open highlighting dialog
Step 2 - List Search Text
Use the "Highlight Text by Search" dialog to configure the text search and highlighting options.
The input document will be searched for text listed in the 'Highlight Words' entry box. List search items here, one-per-line. Any occurrences of these pieces of text that are detected within the document will be highlighted.
Optional: use the "Save/Load Words From Text File..." buttons to save a search list for later reuse.
list search text
Step 3 - Select Processing Options
Use the checkboxes on the right of the dialog to control the search (e.g.: the text search in this example will be case sensitive - only exact matches will be highlighted).
choose search options
Step 4 - Select Appearance Options
Use the "Appearance Options" section to change the highlighting color by using the drop-down list. By default, matching text will be highlighted in yellow. Optionally use the "Highlight each search term with a different color" option to automatically assign up to 20 contrasting colors for each item.
select highlighting color
Step 5 - Run the Procedure
The current configuration can be saved as a settings file in *.txt format for future re-use via the "Save Settings..." button. A previously-saved settings file can be loaded by pressing "Load Settings...".
Press "OK" to run the search and highlight matching text.
add highlights
Step 6 - Check the Results
A report box will open, showing the number of highlights created. Press "OK" to close it.
close report box
Check that the desired text has been correctly highlighted in the document:
check new highlights
You can find a list of other step-by-step bookmarking tutorials here: http://www.evermap.com/abm_bm_summary.asp#tutorials.