Updated: 11/18/2022 by Computer Hope

A marquee may refer to any of the following:

Marquee tool

1. A marquee tool is a GUI (graphical user interface) tool that selects items within a rectangular shape. The user clicks the left mouse button, then drags a corner of the rectangle until it encompasses the items they want to select. It's called a "marquee" because its border resembles the flashing lights around the marquee sign of a theater. The image shows an example of how a rectangular marquee may look.


Advanced editing programs like Adobe Photoshop, offer other shapes like circles and ellipses.


Pressing M selects the move tool in Adobe Photoshop. Holding down the Shift while pressing M cycles through all move options.

2. With HTML (hypertext markup language), the <marquee> tag designates an area containing scrolling text.

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