Last updated: March 19, 2019
There are a couple of ways that you can draw attention to a specific selection in your Word document. Some people will use Bold or italic text, but others will elect to use the text highlighting feature instead. This is a formatting option in Word that will place a chosen background color behind a text selection.
But if you have a document that contains that highlighting, then you might be trying to remove it. Luckily this is done in a fashion similar to how the highlighting was initially added to the document. You can follow the steps in the guide below to remove highlighting from a text selection in Word 2013.
How to Remove Highlight in Word – Quick Summary
- Select the text containing the highlighting.
- Click the Home tab.
- Select the arrow to the right of the Text Highlighting Color button.
- Click the No Color option.
For additional information and pictures of the steps, continue to the section below.
How to Undo Text Shading in Microsoft Word 2013
The steps in this article were performed in Microsoft Word 2013. This guide assumes that you have a document that currently contains text that has been highlighted. Once you complete these steps, that highlighting will be gone. This will not remove any other formatting that has been applied to the selected text. If you often paste text from other locations and would like to always paste it without formatting, then read this article.
Step 1: Open your document in Word 2013.
Step 2: Select the text containing the highlighting that you want to remove.
Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the arrow to the right of the Text Highlighting Color button, then select the No Color option.
Note that if you have multiple instances of highlighting in your document and you don’t want to keep any of it, then a slightly faster way to do this would be to click somewhere inside the document, press Ctrl + A to select everything, then proceed with choosing the No Color option from the Text Highlighting Color menu.
If there is other formatting that you would like to remove, and you would like to avoid changing each individual formatting option, then learn how to clear formatting in Word 2013. This is a handy tool that can save you some time and frustration if you are often piecing together documents from multiple sources, each of which contains its own formatting settings.