Apply or remove highlighting

Use the Highlight tool to mark and find important text in your document. Highlighted parts of a document are easiest to see when the document is online.

What do you want to do?


Highlight selected text

  1. Select the text that you want to highlight.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Font group, click the arrow next to Text Highlight Color.

Font Group

  1. Click the color that you want.

 Note   Use a light highlight color if you plan to print the document by using a monochrome or dot-matrix printer.

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Highlight multiple parts of a document

This method is best for highlighting multiple parts of a document, because the Highlight tool stays on until you decide to turn it off.

  1. On the Home tab, in the Font group, click the arrow next to Text Highlight Color.

Font Group

  1. Click the color that you want.

The Text Highlight Color button displays the selected color, and the mouse pointer becomes a Highlighter mouse pointer when you point to the area of your document that contains text.

 Note   Use a light highlight color if you plan to print the document by using a monochrome or dot-matrix printer.

  1. Select the text or graphic that you want to highlight.
  2. To stop highlighting, click the arrow next to Text Highlight Color Button image and click Stop Highlighting, or press ESC.

The mouse pointer becomes a I-beam mouse pointer when you point to your document.

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Remove highlighting from part or all of a document

  1. Select the text that you want to remove highlighting from, or press CTRL+A to select all of the text in the document.
  2. On the Home tab, in the Font group, click the arrow next to Text Highlight Color.

Font Group

  1. Click No Color.

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Quickly find highlighted text

  1. On the Home tab, in the Editing group, click Find.
  1. If you don't see the Format button, click More.
  2. Click Format, and then click Highlight.
  3. Click Find Next.

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Applies to:
Word 2010