How To Keep Highlighter On Google Docs

Google Docs is a versatile tool for creating, editing, and sharing documents online. One of its helpful features is the highlighter tool which allows you to emphasize specific text in your document. But have you ever wondered how to keep the highlighter on Google Docs for continuous use? In this blog, we will guide you on how to do so.

How to Highlight Text in Google Docs

Before we jump into keeping the highlighter on, let’s quickly review how to highlight text in Google Docs.

  1. Select the text you want to highlight.
  2. Go to the toolbar at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on the Text color button (it looks like a capital ‘A’).
  4. Click on Highlight color.
  5. Select the color you want to use for the highlighter.

The selected text will now be highlighted in the color you chose.

Keeping the Highlighter On

Unfortunately, Google Docs doesn’t have a built-in feature to keep the highlighter on for continuous use after highlighting a portion of text. So, after you’ve highlighted some text, the tool will be turned off, and you’ll have to go through the process again to highlight another portion of text.

However, there’s a workaround for this issue. After you have highlighted some text, you can simply use the shortcut Ctrl + Y (or Command + Y on a Mac) to repeat the last action. In this case, it will apply the same highlight color to the next piece of text you select.

Here’s a simple step-by-step process:

  1. Select and highlight a portion of text as explained earlier.
  2. Select the next portion of text you want to highlight.
  3. Press Ctrl + Y (or Command + Y on a Mac).

The new portion of text should now be highlighted in the same color as before.


While Google Docs does not feature a built-in option to keep the highlighter on, the shortcut Ctrl + Y (or Command + Y on a Mac) provides an efficient workaround to quickly highlight multiple portions of text in your document. We hope this tip will help you streamline your workflow and improve your productivity on Google Docs.