How to Unhighlight the Text of a Word Document

By Lily Medina

Highlighting provides a useful method for clearly marking words or passages. If you only use it temporarily, however, then you'll need to unhighlight the text at some point. Unlike some other elements of formatting, such as italics, you can't remove highlighting by selecting the text and then pressing the original highlighting button. Instead, you need to apply No Color highlighting, which effectively removes highlight color from the document.

Step 1

Open the Word file in which you want to remove highlighting. Click before the highlighted text, and drag the mouse until the end of the word or words. Release the mouse to highlight the desired text. To remove all highlighting in the entire document, press "Ctrl" and "A" on your computer keyboard to select all of the text.

Step 2

Click the "Home" tab.

Step 3

Click the downward arrow to the right of the Text Highlight Color icon, in the Font group. The icon displays a highlighting marker, a lowercase "ab" and a band of color, usually yellow.

Step 4

Click "No Color" on the drop-down menu. This will remove all highlight color from the selected section of text.