Highlight text on a slide

A text highlighter tool is not available in Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac 2011. However, you can simulate highlighting by inserting a colored box. Or use a comment to call out information on a slide.

Do any of the following:

Insert a colored text box

  1. Click the slide that you want the highlighted text to appear on.

  2. On the Home tab, under Insert, click Text, and then click Text Box.

    Home tab, Insert group

  3. On the slide, drag to draw the text box.

  4. In the text box, type or paste the text that you want to appear as highlighted.

  5. Drag the text box's sizing handle to fit the actual size of the text.

  6. On the Home tab, under Format, click the arrow next to Fill  Fill Color button , and then click the fill color that you want to highlight the text with.

  7. Drag the colored text section to the location that you want on your slide.

    Tip: To more precisely position the colored text box, click the text box when the pointer is a four-headed arrow  Four-headed arrow , and then use the keyboard arrow keys.

Add a comment

  1. In the navigation pane, click the slide that you want to add a comment to.

    How to select slides in the navigation pane

    1. On the View menu, click Normal.

    2. In the top of the navigation pane, click the Slides  Slides tab  tab, and then click a slide.Depending on the width of the navigation pane, you will either see the Slides named tab and Outline named tab  named tabs or the Slides  Slides tab and Outline  Outline tab icon tabs.

  2. Do one of the following:


Do this

Add a comment about text or an object on the slide

Click the text or object

Add a comment about the slide

Click anywhere on the slide

  1. On the Review tab, under Comments, click New.

    PowerPoint Review tab, Comments group

  2. Type your comment, and then click outside the comment box.


    1. To view a comment, click the comment thumbnail on the slide.

    2. Comments cannot be printed.

See also

Add or remove a comment

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