How to highlight text with color in Word and PowerPoint

Updated: 03/06/2020 by Computer Hope
Highlighting text with color

In a Microsoft Word document or a PowerPoint slide, highlighting text with color helps bring attention to that text. If you want to make sure readers pay attention to important content, highlight the text in yellow or another light color, to ensure they see it and can read it.

Select a link below for steps on how to highlight text in Word or PowerPoint.

Highlight text in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

To highlight text with color in a Word document, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Microsoft Word document where you want to highlight text with color.
  2. Find the text to highlight. Using your mouse, select the text by pressing and holding the left mouse button, then drag the mouse to the left or right to select the text.
  3. In the Ribbon, on the Home tab, click the downward-pointing arrow next for the Text Highlight Color option.
  4. In the highlight color drop-down menu, select the preferred color for highlighting the text. The text is now highlighted with color.

Highlighting text with color in Microsoft Word

Tip

If you want to change the highlighting color, repeat the steps above and select the new color in step 4.

Tip

If you want to remove the highlighting color, repeat the steps above and select the No Color option.

Highlight text in Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint logo

To highlight text with color in a PowerPoint slide, follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Microsoft PowerPoint slide deck where you want to highlight text with color.
  2. Find the text to highlight. Using your mouse, select the text by pressing and holding the left mouse button, then drag the mouse to the left or right to select the text.
  3. In the Ribbon, on the Home tab, click the downward-pointing arrow next for the Text Highlight Color option.
  4. In the highlight color drop-down menu, select the preferred color for highlighting the text. The text is now highlighted with color.

Highlighting text with color in Microsoft PowerPoint

Tip

If you want to change the highlighting color, repeat the steps above and select the new color in step 4.

Tip

If you want to remove the highlighting color, repeat the steps above and select the No Color option.