How to Remove Text Highlighting in Word 2013

Some Microsoft Word users will choose to highlight parts of a document to draw attention to it. This is helpful if edits need to be made to a section of a document while you are collaborating on edits with another person. But you may find that the highlighting color is still in the document after you have made the changes, so you are looking for a way to remove it.

Our tutorial below will direct you to the Text Highlighting option in Word 2013 and show you what setting to use to remove the color from behind a selection of text.


Remove Highlighting Colors from Text in Word 2013

The steps in this guide will assume that you have a document that currently contains text highlighting. If you follow the steps below and your text highlighting is not removed, then you may actually have paragraph shading instead. We will cover how to remove paragraph shading at the end of this article. If you would prefer to just get rid of all the formatting, then learn how to clear all formatting in Word 2013.


  1. Open the document in Word 2013.

  3. Select the text containing the text highlighting that you wish to remove. If you would prefer, you can press Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select the entire document.
  4. select the highlighted text



  5. Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
  6. click the Home tab



  7. Click the arrow to the right of Text Highlighting Color in the Font section of the ribbon, then click the No Color option.

remove text highlighting in Word 2013



As mentioned earlier, this may not remove the highlighting/shading color behind your text. If it does not, then paragraph shading is applied instead. You can remove it by clicking the arrow to the right of the Shading button in the Paragraph section of the ribbon, then clicking the No Color option.

remove paragraph shading in word 2013



Is the color of your font unappealing or distracting? Learn how to change a font color in a Word 2013 document. newsletter

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