Acrobat X Action Find and Highlight Words and Phrases
Acrobat X Action: Find & Highlight Words & Phrases
Automate adding highlight annotations to documents
Highlight important words across multiple documents to quickly spot key information.
Acrobat X Pro introduced Actions, a powerful way to standardize processes by automating routine,
multistep tasks. Since Actions may be extended via JavaScript, there are any number of additional
operations which can benefit from automation.
The Acrobat X Find and Highlight Words and Phrases Action provides a process to help you add highlight
annotations across multiple documents.
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Actions are compatible with:
• Adobe Acrobat X Pro
• Adobe Acrobat X Pro Suite
Before running the Action, you must supply a Word List which includes all of the words and phrases you
wish to highlight across documents.
Search Words
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Who benefits from quickly sorting
documents into “keep” and
“discard” folders?
• Professors who are evaluating
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need to quickly evaluate safety
• Attorneys and paralegals
reviewing case data
• Life Science professionals
reviewing lab instrument data to
report anomalies
• Anyone who needs to analyze a
large number of documents and
select the most important
Extracting the Create Find and Highlight Words and Phrases Action
Before intsllaing the Action, you will need to extract it from this document.
In the Attachments Panel at left, select Create Bookmark Report.sequ
Right-click and choose Save Attachment to your desktop or other convenient location
Installing the Create Find and Highlight Words and Phrases Action
To install the Create Find and Highlight Words and Phrases Action
Locate the Find and Highlight Words and Phrases.sequ file on your desktop (or other
Double-click the file and click the Import button.
The Edit Actions window will open and display the newly imported Action:
Acrobat X Action Find and Highlight Words and Phrases
Configure the Search Terms
Before using the Find and Highlight Words and Phrases Action, you will need to enter the words
and phrases you wish to highlight.
Search and Remove? I’m worried…
Don’t worry! This Action takes
advantage of the Search and Redact
functionality of Acrobat and only
temporarily marks text. The Action
immediately converts the Redaction
marks to ordinary text highlights.
Open the Tools Pane
Click the Action Wizard section
Click the Edit Actions
Select Find and Highlight Words and Phrases and click the Edit button.
The Edit Actions window opens. Click the Options button next to Search and Remove Text
The Find and Highlight Phrases to Redact Window opens.
Enter the words or phrases you wish to mark. You may
also import a text file containing search terms.
Click the OK button when complete, then click the Close
button to close the Action Options window.
You’ll be asked to confirm the Action name and
description. Click OK.
Acrobat X Action Find and Highlight Words and Phrases
Run the Find and Highlight Words and Phrases Action
Before using the Find and Highlight Words and Phrases Action, locate the files you wish to process.
It’s easiest if all of the files are in the same folder.
Run the Create Find and Highlight Words and Phrases Action
Password Protected Files
Encrypted documents which require a
password to open them will be rejected
by Acrobat. If you know the password to
your documents, you can change a
preference to allow access to Actions.
Choose Edit>Preferences and choose
the Actions category. Change the
Security Method to Password. Acrobat
will ask you for the Open password each
time you run an Action.
Open the Tools Pane
Click the Action Wizard section
Click Find and Highlight Words and Phrases and click the Edit button.
Acrobat will ask you to confirm that you wish to run the Action.
Click the Next button.
The Select Files Window will open:
Click the Add Files or Add Folders button and locate the files you wish to process.
When finished, click the Next button.
Acrobat X Action Find and Highlight Words and Phrases
The Action will open each document in turn and display a Notice message.
Click the Next Step text to process each document.
After all documents have been processed, the Action will display a list of any documents
which did not contain any of your search terms.
Questions and Answers
I can see words in my documents, but the Action did not highlight any words. Why?
If your source documents were from a scanner, you will need to OCR them first.
Hint: Edit the Action to add OCR as the second step.
What happens if I have already highlighted some words?
The Action will create an additional highlight on the word or phrase. Visually, there is no difference
but there will be two comments in the same place.
Can I change the color of the highlight? I’d like to create a separate Action that highlights in a
different color.
Yes. Here’s how:
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Click Edit Actions in the Actions Wizard Pane
Select the HiLite Words and Phrases Action and click the Copy button.
Click the
Scroll down through the Action code until you find the word “yellow”. Replace this with one of
the following color choices:
button for the Execute JavaScript step
a. green
b. blue
c. cyan
d. magenta
e. yellow
f. dkGray
g. gray
h. ltGray
Click the Save button.
Give the Action and new name and description, and click Save.
Can the Action run without user interaction?
Yes, just edit the Action and delete the first step (Notice).
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