How to Use Power Tools on Mac

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Power Tools are combinations of markup types with user defined colors that trigger special functionality like citation lookups and table recognition. Power Tools are therefore a handy way of speeding up research tasks you do often in Highlights.

Open Preferences, go to the Power Tools-pane:

Find the desired function and click the No default color-button next to it. Choose a color from the popup-menu:

Here is an example of what the pane can look like when all the power tools are set:

When a color is set for a power tool, any annotation you add with this markup type and color will automatically trigger the functionality defined here.

In other words, with the above settings, if you underline a citation with the purple color like this:

A citation underlined in purple

This will trigger a citation lookup and if successful your note will be updated with a citation without any additional steps:

Note with fetched citation link

Similarly, if you make an image selection over a table using green (with the above settings):

Image selection over a table in a PDF

Table recognition will be triggered and if successful your image will be replaced with a table without any additional steps:

Keep in mind that power tools work for both new and existing annotations in the PDF, so the colors chosen should not conflict those used for regular annotations.