How to Highlight Text in PowerPoint

When you’re building your slides you should always try to reduce the number of bullet points and on-screen text. (You already knew that right?) Even with a minimal amount of text on your slides, there still may be times when you want to highlight a particular bit of text.

If you’re using PowerPoint 2013 you can take advantage of a cool text highlighting feature in Word. Here’s how it works:

1. Either create your text in Word or copy it from Powerpoint and paste it into Word.

2.  Select the text you want to highlight and look for the Highlight button on the Home tab.


3. Select which color highlighting you’d like to have and you’ll get something that looks like the text above.

4. Copy the highlighted text you’ve created in Word and jump over into PowerPoint 2013.

5. Now paste it onto your PowerPoint slide and bing, bang, zoom you’ve got some nice looking highlighted text for your slide.

Once you have it in PowerPoint you can easily edit it or copy and paste it to use it on other slides, etc. without any need to go back into Word.

NOTE: If you don’t see the highlighting after pasting it into PowerPoint, immediately look for the Paste Options… button and click the Keep Source Formatting option. 


Interested in even more ideas for emphasizing your slide text? Check out these great ideas from Jeannette Brooks – “7 Easy Ways to Emphasize Text“.

7ways to emphasize text

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