How to Remove Highlighted Text in a PDF on Mac

Download Highlights for free. Not on a Mac? Checkout the iPad and iPhone guides.

1. Open the PDF document in Highlights

From the menu bar choose File > Open. Locate and select the file you want to open, then click Open:

Window for opening PDF file in Highlights on macOS 11 Big Sur

The PDF opens in a document window:

Highlights document window for macOS 11 Big Sur

2. Click the highlighted text you want to remove

This will bring up the annotation popover:

Annotation popover

3. Click the trash button in the popover

The highlight is removed from the PDF and the highlighted text and any attached comment no longer appears in your notes.

If you instead want to highlight a different part of the text you can follow this guide.