Changing the Default Highlighting Color

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 1, 2017)

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On the Home tab of the ribbon, the default color for the Text Highlight tool is yellow. Larry wonders if there is a way to change the default so that it is, instead, "No Color."

The answer depends on what you mean by "default color." If you mean that the highlighting will be something other than yellow (including "No Color") when you first start Word, then the answer is no. There is no built-in ability to specify a default color according to this definition.

However, if your definition of "default color" means that what Word uses the next time you use the Text Highlight tool, then the answer is yes. You see, if you use the drop-down color selector next to the tool, whatever color you pick (including, again, "No Color") becomes the "default" color for all subsequent uses of the tool during your current session in Word.

Of course, you can change the highlight color when you first start Word by using an AutoExec macro to set the color. The macro using this special name, when stored in your Normal template, runs whenever you start Word, so it is a great place to specify the color you want. Here's how such a macro would look:

Sub AutoExec()
    Options.DefaultHighlightColorIndex = wdNoHighlight
End Sub

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is three less than 9?

2018-09-02 00:57:53

Yaniv

Hi Allen.
I've assigned a shortcut to the highlight function (alt+H).
And when you do that *after* you've changed the default yellow to another color, then the default in all future documents becomes the changed color.


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