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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???
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.
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.
We want to let you know that the Word team has heard your feedback and are planning to offer a way to turn off the checking for individual rules in the right click menu in Word 2016. If you’re an Office 365 subscriber, you should see this change in a future update.
Also, for individual cases where you’d like to turn of flagging of a particular issue, you can always click on “Ignore Once” in the right click menu.
As always, thanks for your feedback. We appreciate it!