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mjm394 Level 1 (0 points)

Can you explain how to underline text in different colors (apart from the default - red)? It was straight-forward in Lion.


I was able to underline text using blue if I right clicked and selected this alternate color. But when I tried again with a different portion of text, it simply highlighted in blue and reverted to default (red) when I selected the underline tool.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion
  • Tuttle Level 7 (29,470 points)

    I can only show you how to do this manually. Haven't been able to figure it out with blocks of text. Underlining blocks of texts does allow you to remove portions of what was underlined, so I use this method to fill in those spots with different colors.


    Screen Shot 2012-07-27 at Friday July 27, 12.14.51 PM.png


    1. Choose the Line tool, and underline any text you like


    2. Click on any line you've made so that the grey dots appear at the ends of the selected line, highlighting the annotation


    3. Change the color of the selected line segment using the color tool


    4. Repeat as necessary

  • mjm394 Level 1 (0 points)

    If I want to select multiple lines of text (as I could in Lion) and underline one paragraph in blue and another paragraph in black, this manual method isn't an efficient way to annotate text in a PDF. Have you been able to change the color of the underlined text (default: red) with a right click?

  • Tuttle Level 7 (29,470 points)

    Have you been able to change the color of the underlined text (default: red) with a right click?


    Nope. Best I can do with right click or with the markup tool is highlight sections in different colors (where, at least, the underline color is the same as the highlight).


    Screen Shot 2012-07-27 at Friday July 27, 08.12.10 PM.png

  • Henry Story Level 1 (105 points)

    I had the same problem.  Essentially try to use the font tool to change the color. There are two ways to get it:


    1. If you clicking the A in the additional menu bar. ( Not the A embedded in a box to the right of the bar pictured in the Tuttle's response above, but the A on the right of the icons starting at the left ) You can only get to click this if you  click the text selection box ( containing Aa ) and then you will be selecting the color for text selection. But the font box will stay open, and you can then switch tool, and then select your font color....


    2. Easier is to get into the underline mode, press ⌘T which will open the Font box, select your color, and you are done.

  • ajayM3 Level 1 (0 points)

    It was so logical, and yet not easily accessible. The color palette icon threw me off, and I thought Apple dropped this feature. Thanks for posting the solution.

  • Mountains123 Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree with ajayM3. This was really not intuitive, much easier to do in previous versions of Preview. I don't understand why they had to make it more difficult with the update. I wanted to underline red text and the red underline was very hard to see. Thank you, Henry, for at least showing us how it is possible, but Apple, please make it easy.

  • daniee Level 1 (0 points)

    Apple, please make it easy.

    Apple, please make it easy.

    I don´t know why apple had to make it more difficult with this update

  • yorkait Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes please make it easy....


    In a general manner we need a good way to setup default colors for every tool.


    The annotations we do on our Macs with ought to match those which were done with iAnnotate on ipad or other softwares... We need color customization.

  • aviksaroy Level 1 (0 points)

    I can't seem to figure out how to use a custom highlight color using the method described here.  I can change underline colors, etc., but *not* highlight colors, which are limited to Apple-approved yellow, green, blue, pink and purple.  Incredibly annoying as I use customized highlight colors in my document markups for consistency.

  • mjm394 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just tried it on a pdf and it works with highlighting as well...


    Click the 'Markup' button in the Preview toolbar so that it is blue

    Enter Command-T to bring up the Fonts window

    Select the 'Text Color' button

    A new Colors window should appear

    Select your custom color

    Click on your pdf document

    Select which text you'd like highlighted - it should appear highlighted in your custom color

  • aviksaroy Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you -- that actually worked.  For whatever reason, unless you do that exact sequence of commands, it doesn't work.

  • josephchew02 Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the problem of changing the line color of already-underlined words too. But I managed to solve it by removing the underline, then click on the underline icon without selecting any word. At this point the color palette will not be blurred out and you can choose the color as your wish. Lastly highlight any word that you want to underline and it underlines with your chosen color.

  • nickbyrd Level 1 (120 points)

    Did this get removed in Mt. Lion? neither (1) or (2) seem to be working for me.

  • mjm394 Level 1 (0 points)

    I continue to use solution #2 in Mt. Lion - make sure the sequence of commands is correct - see comment above on highlighting from 12/17/2012

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