Highlight Text - Marker Pen Background Color in Outlook

A Simple Way to Emphasize Words

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You can make text big and a different font, and bold or underlined, too. But why emphasize with such means when you can have to which every direct mailing attests: a yellow highlighter?

In Outlook, marking important text with a colored background is easy, too.

Highlight Text With a Marker Pen Background Color in Outlook 2007/2010

To use a highlighter on important text in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010:

  • Select the text you want to highlight with the mouse.
  • Move the mouse to the formatting toolbar that appears next to the selected text.
    • You can also open the Message (or the Format Text) tab in the ribbon.
  • Use the Text Highlight Color button (which depicts text highlighted with a yellow background color) to turn on highlighting and choose a color.

Highlight Text With a Marker Pen Background Color in Outlook 2003

To apply a highlighter to select text in Outlook 2003:

  • Make sure you use Word as your email editor.
  • Make sure the formatting toolbar is visible.
    • Select View > Toolbars > Formatting from the menu if you cannot see it.
  • Use the Highlight button (which depicts text highlighted in orange) to turn on highlighting and pick a background color.