If you have ever used a highlighting marker to highlight text in a book, you will be happy to know you can duplicate that effect by using the Text Highlight Color feature in Word. When you click the down-arrow next to the Text Highlight Color button, Word presents a choice of 15 colors you can use to highlight text. This is great if you are working collaboratively, because each person can have a different color.
You can select text and then highlight it, or you can change the mouse pointer into a highlighter and highlight as you go along, just as you would if you were highlighting a paper book. If you want to remove highlighting, click the No Color option in the Text Highlight Color gallery and then click and drag to select the text that has the highlighting you want to remove.
- Click the down-arrow next to the Text Highlight Color button in the Font group. The highlight color gallery appears.
- Click a Color. Word highlights the text you selected in the color you chose.
- Click in the text area.
Highlight Text As You Go
- Make sure nothing is selected.
- Click the down-arrow next to the Text Highlight Color button in the Font group.
- Click a color.
- Click and drag to highlight. Do this in as many places as you like.
Note: When you are finished highlighting, press the Esc key.
How do I highlight when I am in Read mode?
To select text and then highlight it: 1) Select the text you want to highlight. 2) Right-click. A menu appears. 3) Place the mouse pointer over Highlight. A menu of colors appears. 4) Click the color you want. Word highlights the text you selected.
To change the mouse pointer into a highlighter: 1) Make sure nothing is selected. 2) Right-click. A menu appears. 3) Place the mouse pointer over Highlight. A menu of colors appears. 3) Click the color you want. You can now begin highlighting. When you are finished highlighting, press the Esc key.
How do I hide highlighting?
If you do not want your highlighting to be visible: 1) Choose the File tab. A menu appears along the left side of the window. 2) Click Options. The Word Options dialog box opens. A menu appears along the left side of the dialog box. 3) Choose Display. 5) In the Page Display Options section, uncheck Show Highlighter Marks. 6) Click OK. The Word Options dialog box closes. You can no longer see the highlighting in your document. To display the highlighting again, check Show Highlighter Marks in the Word Options dialog box.
Highlight Shortcut Keys
|Change the mouse pointer to a highlighter||Alt+Ctrl+H|