How to Remove Highlighting in Word 2010

When you collaborate on a Word document with a group of people, there are several different methods that are often applied to draw attention to a specific section of the document. One option is to add comments to the document, while another is to highlight words or sections of the document that might need to be changed.

But once you have made the recommended changes to the document, the highlighting on the text is no longer necessary, yet still remains. This can make the document look messy and unprofessional. Fortunately it is a short process to remove the highlighting from text in your document by following our short guide below.

Clear Highlighting from Text in Word 2010

The steps in this article will show you how to remove highlighting from a specific word. If you wish to remove all highlighting from a document, you can select the entire document by clicking somewhere inside the document, then pressing Ctrl + A on your keyboard.

Step 1: Open the document containing highlighting in Word 2010.

Step 2: Select the word or words from which you want to remove the highlighting. As mentioned earlier, you can select the entire document by pressing Ctrl + A on your keyboard.

select the highlighted text

Step 3: Click the Home tab at the top of the window.

click the home tab

Step 4: Click the arrow to the right of the Text Highlight Color button, then click the No Color option.

remove the highlighting from the text

If you have followed these steps and the highlighting still remains, then you may actually have shading applied to your text instead. You can remove shading by clicking the arrow to the right of the Shading button, then selecting the No Color option.

remove shading from text

Do you need to share a document with other people, but you don’t like how Word underlines misspelled words? Learn how to remove the red underline by following a few simple steps.

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