Word 2013comes with a digital highlighter pen that lets you mark up and colorize the text in your document without damaging your computer monitor. To highlight your text, abide by these steps:


Click the Home tab.

You will see several font options.


Click the Text Highlight button in the Font group.

The mouse pointer changes to a — but the point is that Word is now in Highlighting mode.


Drag the mouse over the text you want to highlight.

The text becomes highlighted — just like using a highlighter on regular paper, but far neater.


Click the Text Highlight button again to return the mouse to normal operation.

Or press the Esc key to exit Highlighting mode.

The highlight doesn’t necessarily need to be yellow. Clicking the menu button to the right of the Text Highlight button displays a palette of highlighter colors to choose from.

To remove highlighting from your text, you can highlight it again in the same color, which erases it. Or you can choose None as the highlight color and then drag the mouse over any color of highlighted text to remove the highlight.

Highlighting isn’t the background color. It is its own text format.

You can also highlight a block of text by first marking the block and then clicking the Highlight button that appears on the Mini toolbar.

The highlighted text prints, so be careful with it. If you don’t have a color printer, highlighted text prints in black or gray on hard copy.