How to Highlight Text in PowerPoint

Highlighting text is a great way to help your audience identify the main points you’re trying to make during a presentation. This guide will show you how to highlight text in PowerPoint.

Highlighting Text in PowerPoint

PowerPoint 2019 introduced a text highlighter tool, providing an efficient way to highlight text in your slides. However, this tool is not available in previous versions of PowerPoint.

  1. Select the text you want to highlight on your slide.
  2. In the top menu, go to the Home tab. Then, select the Text Highlight Color icon.

    PowerPoint Text Highlight Color tool
    The Text Highlight Color tool allows you to highlight text on PowerPoint 2019 and 365.
  3. A color gallery will be displayed. Choose your preferred color.PowerPoint choose highlighting colorClick a color to apply the highlighting effect.
  4. Here is the final appearance of the highlighted text.

    PowerPoint highlighted text using highlight color tool
    Choose a color that will stand out on your slide.

Using the highlighter tool more effectively

You may have several key points you need to be highlighted. Here is a quick way to do it:

  1. Ensure that no text is selected on the slide. Then click the Text Highlight Color icon.

    Choose a highlighting color from the options displayed.
  2. When hovered over text, the cursor changes to a pen highlighter. Select any text on the slide, and PowerPoint will highlight it with the chosen color.

    powerpoint highlight cursor
    Click and drag the mouse over the text to highlight it.
  3. When finished highlighting, turn off the Highlighter by pressing ESC on your keyboard.

    PowePoint multiple highlighted text
    The cursor will change back to its normal state when you press ESC.

How to remove highlighting from text in Powerpoint

  1. Select the Home tab. Then, select the Text Highlight Color tool. Instead of choosing a color like before, this time select No Color.

    PowerPoint text hightlight tool no color option
    The No Color option removes highlighting effects from texts.
  2. Click and drag the cursor over any highlighted text to remove the highlighting effect.

    PowerPoint remove text highlight
    Select a text to remove the highlighting effect.
  3. Press ESC on your keyboard when done.

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