Make the full spectrum of colors that are available in Shading also available in Highlighting. I often use Highlighting to mark important or unusual text streams and I would like to search for particular colors of Highlighting .
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Scott Hertz commented
My main issue is that other than the yellow and the light blue, the other colors are so dark or opaque that you cannot see the text underneath, which defeats the entire purpose of highlighting. Please increase the transparency, so that colors besides yellow can be used on printed materials.
Or at a minimum, lighten up the colors. Except for the yellow, when printed, the colors are way to dark and render the text almost illegible.
I notice that many users have moved on to "Shading" as a highlight option. That may work—sort of, IF you don't mind many extra clicks and other complications, AND if you are highlighting for display purposes—to show something off to your readers.
However, to anyone who highlights for the reasons highlighting was invented in the first place, "Shading" is no help. For example, highlighting to:
- Remind me of a problem or issue I need to address later
- Show someone else text I'm not sure of or want to query
- Mark important parts of notes I'm studying
When coloring text for these purposes, we need to highlight and un-highlight quickly and easily. "Shading" does NOT address this!
And frankly, for pete's sake—can it really be THAT hard to do something you're already doing in OneNote???
Marcos C Ribeiro commented
I emphatically endorse this suggestion-request! I usually use 6 different highlight colors when I read PDF files, having different meanings for each. Word does not allows me to do this, because the set of 15 colors it offers is extremely bad chosen and only 5 of them are practically usable, because 11 of them are too dark to be used to highlight.
In fact, it is pretty obvious that, if only a small number of highlight colors are offered, all of them, except 1, should be LIGHT colors, COLORS THAT DON'T HIDE THE TEXT BEHIND, since there is no sense in hiding a text when the aim is to emphasize it. Only 1 dark color is needed, for the aim of indeed hiding some text.
It would be sufficient 15 highlight colors if 14 of them were well chosen light colors. But, since there have already being offered those useless 10 dark colors and the simple elimination of them might arise some compatibility problems, it seems that the solution is indeed to increase the set of highlight colors. I suggest the inclusion of : 2 light oranges (one somewhat stronger than the other, but without hiding the text), a light brown, a lighter blue and a light pink. These colors would meat my usual highlighting in PDF files. Note that some of these colors are common offers in the market of physical highlight pens.
Other option is to allow the user to define by himself the 15 available highlight colors, using an usual dialog with a whole spectrum of colors. In this case, it is important to also allow the creation of macros to each available color, which is already possible actually with the colors that have being offered.
Having total control over highlighting would be great, but at least having more choices for colors that allow printed text to be read through highlighting is absolutely essential. I get that you need some dark colors for light text, but most of us print in black and a choice would be nice.
Yes please MS. Take away the dark green and the purple which obscure the text on screen and are even darker when printed. Just add a nice lighter fluro pink and an Orange like the highlighters you buy in a stationary store
Finn Haverkamp commented
Additionally, when you highlight, it deselects the selection. Please retain the selection when it's highlighted. If I want to bold it too, for example, I need to reselect the selection (or bold it beforehand, but sometimes I forget). I'm not sure I see the advantage in automatically deselecting the highlighted section, regardless.
GinnyBarnett - work commented
Using the Shading function as Highlighting is a bit more work, so not a great workaround. Additionally, while you can search for highlighting, you can't search for shading, and that makes it even less of a reasonable alternative.
John T commented
Yes, what Jann said. If we can't customize the highlight pallet by Theme or File…Options, then reduce the saturation of the 15 preset colors.
(exception: keep Yellow bright)
YES, PLEASE give us lighter highlighting colors. You can get rid of all of those obliterating dark colors and replace them with LIGHT colors, as in highLIGHT. Thanks - your customers have been complaining in droves about this for years. It is very frustrating to see no efforts to fix what looks to me like a simple problem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you in advance on behalf of the planet.
John Terdik commented
MS claims that they are listen to the users but this seems to be a flat out lie. For years users have complained about the default highlight/shading colors and still MS had not fixed the issue. The current color set is the pits and creates problems for users when viewing the files on the PC and often worst issues are encountered when the files are printed. Come on MS prove me wrong and fix the issue.
Why does Microsoft insist on keeping this useless color palette? The "borders and shading" workaround may be a good last resort for people who want to use the highlight feature to shade some text, but it's too kludgey to be useful as a highlighter.
Elizabeth Harmon commented
please increase highlight options. As an academician I don't want to "scream" my comments or highlights to my students. A few subtle highlight colors would be fantastic....Or let me create my own? Novel idea? !
Please merge this suggestion with another for the same idea: highligh colour
If you allow custom colors in highlight, then allow "Format copy" feature to copy the highlight feature and paste it into find/replace dialog
Please allow editing of highlight colours, I don't find the current range (Word 2010) very useful apart from the yellow.
Yes, it would be nice to see the highlight functionality updated from the 1980's feature set to full color support. This is one of the last color features that has not been updated!
Right now you can search for highlighting in general, all colors. Yes, it would be nice to be able to search for specific colors.
PS: as a more functional alternative, you can use paragraph shading on whole paragraphs or specific selected text in place of highlighting.