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Working with Highlighters on Windows and Mac
VitalSource Bookshelf gives you complete control over your highlighters. Updates made to highlighters are done in real time and all of your notes and highlights are fully searchable.
This article will review how to make and remove a global highlighter and how to make and edit notes and highlights.
* Notes, highlights, and highlighters are automatically synced to the server as long as you are connected to the internet. If no internet connection is present syncing will occur next time an internet connection is made.
Adding a Global Highlighter
Press the New Highlighter Button
To make a new highlighter for use in your books press the New Highlighter button at the bottom right side of the primary Bookshelf window. You may also go to the File menu and select New Highlighter.
Name the Highlighter
A new highlighter will appear with the rest of your global highlighters. From there you can right click on the highlighter and select Rename Highlighter to change its name. Once you are finished press enter or click with the left mouse button and the name will be approved.
Adjust the color
To adjust the color of a highlighter right click on the highlighter you want to change and select Change color for "Name of Highlighter." In the pallet box that appears select the color you desire and click the OK button.
Removing a Global Highlighter
Locate the Highlighter to remove
Find the Highlighter you wish to remove and select it.
Delete the Highlighter
Right click on the highlighter you wish to remove. Select Delete highlighter "Name of highlighter". If there are no highlights or notes present the highlighter will be automatically removed.
Transfer Highlights (if applicable)
If you have made notes and highlights with the Highlighter you are removing you will be presented with a dialog box requesting you reassign or permanently delete all notes and highlights in made with that Highlighter. Reassigned highlights will transfer immediately. Deleted highlights are no longer accessible.
Making Highlights and Notes in a Book
To make a highlight (or a highlight with a note) in a book select text as if you were going to copy and paste.
Select Global Highlighter to use
Select the highlighter you want to use from the drop down list in the book window.
Press the Highlight (or Make Note) button
Simple Highlight: Press Highlight button to to highlight the text.
Highlight and Note: Press the Make Note button to make a highlight and bring up a window to add a note with the highlight. To save the note simply close the window and the note is automatically saved.
Tips and Tricks for working with Highlights and Notes
Notes vs Highlights: You can make a highlight in your text without a note, but in order to make a note you have to have a highlight that accompanies it.
Finding & viewing a note: Highlights with notes will have a Sticky Note icon appear next to the highlight. Hover over the sticky note to see the note text.
Adding notes to exiting highlight: If you want to add a note to an existing highlight double click anywhere on the highlight and the note window will appear. Once you have typed your note simply close the window and it will automatically save.
Editing a note: If you need to edit an existing note simply double click anywhere on the highlight and the note window will appear. Once you have made your edits simply close the window and it will automatically save.
Deleting a note: To delete a note double click anywhere on the highlight and the note window will appear. Delete all the text in the note window and close the note window. The highlight will remain but your note will be removed.
Deleting a highlight: To delete a highlight simply right click on the highlight and select Remove Highlight.
Changing an individual highlight color: If you change your mind about which highlighter you wanted to use you can edit that by right clicking anywhere on the highlight and selecting Change to Highlighter > "Name of Highlighter".
Changing a global highlighter color: Changes made to a global highlighter in the main Bookshelf window will be applied to all the highlights associated with that highlighter. (Example: changing the color of Exam to purple in the main window will make your book highlights purple).