Highlight text in yellow in PowerPoint (like in Word), when making slides [Video]

Here’s a 3-minue video showing how you can highlight text in yellow in PowerPoint (while you’re designing your slides, rather than just when you present) – much like you can with text in Word.

This method has the advantage that if you move or copy the text you highlighted, the highlight stays with the text. (You might have seen people suggest workarounds like putting a yellow shape behind the text, but if you do that it doesn’t move with the text of course.)



By the way, this is the 1st video I’ve shared publicly on YouTube.

Over to you

  • Please do let me know whether you find the video helpful (and if you have any suggestions for improvements or for future tips).
  • What PowerPoint tips have you found useful that you’d like to share?

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10 thoughts on “Highlight text in yellow in PowerPoint (like in Word), when making slides [Video]

  1. Highlighting tip v. helpful. Didn’t know about Format Painter — somewhat awkward to use in my first few steps — but way better than using “GLOW” !!

  2. Thanks for sharing.
    In your video, I can see your powerpoint tooltip (floating toolbar) has a highlight button. It’s slightly different from mine.. It looks like a OneNote’s tooltip. How did you do that?
    Since lightsaber ruins clipboard, I want to do this more natural way…

    • I assume the difference in the floating toolbar is because I used PowerPoint 2010 in the video. What version of PowerPoint do you have?

      Also, thanks for the feedback about the Lightsaber add-in – that’s useful to know, to help people decide what’s the best approach for them.

  3. This is fabulous…clear and easy to follow with great narrating voice. I’ve never created a YouTube clip before, I’d love to know how you put it together.

    • Thanks for your very kind words Charmaine. In the past I’ve used Camtasia a lot at work, but found it didn’t always capture resizing of shapes etc very well. So this time I used a free 30-day trial of Articulate Storyline, which is an elearning tool that includes a screen recorder, and the fidelity seemed a lot better.

      The main thing was to work out the exact steps beforehand, and manually set the PPT window to be a 16×9 aspect ratio (which involved a bit of trial and error, checking the size in Paint). I used a smaller-than-full-screen PPT window because I wanted details to be a bit more legible in the recording. (My laptop’s screen is 1600×900.)

      In hindsight, I would’ve made the PPT window just slightly bigger, because when you get to 1280×720, it gets an “HD” symbol on YouTube, which I think many viewers prefer.

      When you’re set up, you just hit record, click the PPT window so Storyline knows which window to record, and then it gives you a 3-second countdown so you can clear your throat or whatever – and of course you can do as many takes and edits as you like!

      I’m sure you’d put together some neat videos, so I encourage you to give it a go. It’s meant to be great for SEO, and of course there’s no need to upload or even mention you’re doing a video until you’re happy with the result.

      I’ve never put anything on SlideShare, so likewise if you’ve any tips, I’d love to hear them!

      P.S. Did you see the videos at Advance Your Slides, which I heard about through Nick’s comment on Alex Rister’s post about your blog? I was really impressed by his “staggered animation” clip.

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