Highlight your text

Text highlighting in PowerPoint lets Office 365 subscribers mark text in yellow or another highlighter color.

Requirements

This is a subscriber-only, Office 365 feature. If you don't see the Text Highlight Color  Shows the Highlight With Text Icon in PowerPoint. button on the Home tab of the Ribbon, read Requirements below for more details.

Highlight one piece of text

  1. Select the text that you want to highlight.

  2. On the Home tab, select the arrow next to Text Highlight Color Shows the Highlight With Text Icon in PowerPoint. .

    Shows the text highlighter on the ribbon in PowerPoint
  3. Choose a color. The text you selected will be highlighted in the color you chose.

Highlight multiple pieces of non-contiguous text

  1. With no text selected on the slide, on the Home tab, select the arrow next to Text Highlight Color Shows the Highlight With Text Icon in PowerPoint. .

    Shows the text highlighter on the ribbon in PowerPoint
  2. Choose a color, and then move the mouse pointer over the text area of your slide.

    The mouse pointer changes to a highlighter. Hightlighter Pointer Icon .

  3. Select each portion of text that you want to highlight.

  4. When you're done highlighting, press Esc on the keyboard to turn off the highlighter.

Remove highlighting from text

  1. Select the highlighted text.

  2. On the Home tab, select the arrow next to Text Highlight Color Shows the Highlight With Text Icon in PowerPoint. and click No Color.

Other ways to highlight

Here are two other ways to emphasize something on screen while you're presenting:

Requirements for Text Highlighting

Requirements

This is a subscriber-only, Office 365 feature.

Applies to:

PowerPoint for Office 365
Monthly Channel: Version 1606 or later
 Semi-annual channels: Version 1701 or later
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Operating system:

Windows
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Requirements

This is a subscriber-only, Office 365 feature. If you don't see the Text Highlight Color  Shows the Highlight With Text Icon in PowerPoint. button on the Home tab of the Ribbon, read Requirements below for more details.

Highlight one piece of text

  1. Select the text that you want to highlight.

  2. On the Home tab, select the arrow next to Text Highlight Color Text highlighter button .

    For Office 365 subscribers, the Home tab on the PowerPoint for Mac 2016 ribbon now includes a Text Highlight Color button
  3. Choose a color. The text you selected will be highlighted in the color you chose.

    Text highlighter button and color gallery

Highlight multiple pieces of non-contiguous text

  1. With no text selected on the slide, on the Home tab, select the arrow next to Text Highlight Color Text highlighter button .

    For Office 365 subscribers, the Home tab on the PowerPoint for Mac 2016 ribbon now includes a Text Highlight Color button
  2. Choose a color, and then move the mouse pointer over the text area of your slide.

    The mouse pointer changes to a highlighter. Text highlighter tool .

  3. Select each portion of text that you want to highlight.

  4. When you're done highlighting, press Esc on the keyboard to turn off the highlighter.

Remove highlighting from text

  1. Select the highlighted text.

  2. On the Home tab, select the arrow next to Text Highlight Color Text highlighter button and click No Color.

Another way to highlight

Turn your mouse into a laser pointer to draw attention to something on a slide

Requirements for Text Highlighting

Requirements

This is a subscriber-only, Office 365 feature.

Applies to:

PowerPoint for Office 365 for Mac Version 1610 or later
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Operating system:

Mac OS X 10.10 or later 

The typical method for highlighting text with color is not available in PowerPoint Online. However, you can use the following workaround to create a similar visual effect:

  1. On your slide, type the text you want to highlight.

  2. On the Insert tab, click the rectangle shape and then click the slide to insert it.

    Insert a rectangle shape

  3. With the shape selected, on the Drawing Tools, Format tab, click Shape Fill, and then choose a highlight color.

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