Highlighter Tool

  • Highlighter Tool

    Posted by Troy DeGroot on January 16, 2024 at 10:39 am

    Alright, I want to try something new here. I’m planning a new blog post specifically about the Highlighter Tool. Tell me your tips, tricks, and “you should know” secrets. Don’t be shy about the basics. I have several ideas in mind, but thought I’d crowd-source a complete list.

    Troy DeGroot replied 4 months, 3 weeks ago 9 Members · 15 Replies
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  • Jeremy Cook

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    January 16, 2024 at 4:23 pm
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    I love holding down the “Shift” key to get nice, straight lines!

    • Troy DeGroot

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      January 16, 2024 at 4:30 pm
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      Such a simple trick with a big impact! Thanks @jeremyjoin

      I’m not sure I’ve see you comment before, welcome to the community!

      I hope to learn more from you going forward.

    • Bob Ritger

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      January 16, 2024 at 7:25 pm
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      And, of course, holding down the Ctrl key to allow you to unrestrain the highlighter from nearby text.

  • Doug McLean

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    January 16, 2024 at 6:58 pm
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    Highlight from a Search

    • Isaac Harned

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      January 17, 2024 at 10:57 am
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      LOL got to it before me

  • Vince

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    January 17, 2024 at 2:23 am
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    Naming and colour coding highlights so when I’m reading a report, I can easily sort everything into relevant sections at the end.

  • mleinback

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    January 17, 2024 at 8:19 am
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    Hey, Troy, I very much appreciate the new T&T’s on the Highlighter Tool.

    A suggestion: How about another T&T related to the Arc tool? I can never get that tool to work for me. I remember seeing a good video a few years back that talked about how the arc tool could be controlled using the keyboard combinations, but I’ve forgotten everything.

  • Isaac Harned

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    January 17, 2024 at 10:56 am
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  • Doug McLean

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    January 17, 2024 at 12:39 pm
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    and DO NOT forget about the feature where highlighted text shows up in the Markups List.

  • Liz Larsen

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    January 18, 2024 at 8:14 am
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    Oooh! I got this one!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrLxtG-sHSc&pp=ygUSYmx1ZWJlYW0gaGlnaGxpZ2h0

    • Troy DeGroot

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      January 18, 2024 at 9:59 am
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      @lizlarsen always pulling through as an amazing resource!

      Thanks for this Liz!

  • David Cutler

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    January 29, 2024 at 7:03 am
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    Something I don’t think I had noticed until the other day is the ability to control the width of the highlighter “line” by changing the font size. So you can use the tool as a broad brush, or as a precision instrument of communication.

    • Troy DeGroot

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      January 29, 2024 at 4:52 pm
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      I’m not sure I follow, where are you setting the font size in the highlighter tool? I’m missing something obvious here, sorry. 🙃

      • David Cutler

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        January 30, 2024 at 10:56 am
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        Once you apply a highlight you can change the “Line Width” in the properties bar. This also shows a “line weight” in my top menu bar. The default highlight tool has a setting of “12”

        If you have a setting that you like you can right click and set the current properties to default. Another option would be to establish an toolchest of highlighters of various widths and colors to have them available at a click of your mouse.

        • Troy DeGroot

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          January 30, 2024 at 11:24 am
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          Got it, I thought you had some magic button where the line width was tied to the font size. A highlighter toolset is great for some of us with a mug full of pens and highlighters on our desk. Thanks David

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