How to Highlight in Google Docs

When you’re reviewing a document that’s been printed on paper, a helpful way to indicate that something is important is by highlighting it.

But since highlighting on a computer screen isn’t a great idea, you may be looking for a way to replicate that functionality in the Google Docs application.

Fortunately this is something that other people want, too, so Google has included a highlighter tool in Google Docs.

Our guide below will show you how to highlight in Google Docs so that you can apply a color of your choosing to certain text and make it stand out.

How to Use the Text Highlighter in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser but will work in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Safari.

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open your document.

Step 2: Use your mouse to select the text that you want to highlight.

select your text

Step 3: Click the Highlight color button in the toolbar above the document.

click the Highlight color button

Step 4: Select the color to use to highlight your text.

how to highlight text in Google Docs

Your selected text should then look similar to the image below. Note that I selected yellow as my highlight color.

example of highlighted text in Google Docs

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