When highlighting text in a PDF exported from InDesign, the highlight doesn't select the text in the right order. How can I fix this?


  • 1
    You seem to be using the PDF reader built into Firefox. Try using Adobe Acrobat Reader instead. – Billy Kerr Jan 1 '19 at 13:48

Probably depends on how your INDD document is set up and there will be limitations here, but try checking the 'Create tagged PDF' option when exporting from InDesign.

enter image description here


I am assuming that your document was built using multiple text frames. If not then I would need to see the actual pdf to figure out your problem. Acrobat orders your text frames from the bottom layer to the top. To fix this document you will need to select the text frame in InDesign that should come first and bring it to the front. Then select the next frame and bring it to the front. Go through the whole document until everything is ordered properly. You can check your work in your layers pallet. Export a pdf. Now your text should select in the correct order in acrobat.

Here are some screenshots to illustrate what I am talking about.

Text frames in InDesign Document

Text frames in Layers Pallet

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.