How To Quickly Highlight In Google Slides

Google Slides is undoubtedly one of the most popular tools for creating presentations due to its simplicity, versatility, and user-friendly interface. However, one feature that is not directly available in Google Slides is the ability to highlight text. Here, we will guide you through an easy way to quickly highlight text in your Google Slides presentation.

Step 1: Create or Open a Slide

Firstly, create a new slide or open an existing one where you want to highlight text.

Step 2: Insert a Shape

Go to the toolbar at the top and click on the Shape button. From the dropdown menu, select Shapes and then choose the Rectangle shape. This will serve as our highlighter tool.

Step 3: Draw the Shape Over the Text

Now, draw the rectangle over the text you want to highlight. Make sure it covers the whole text area you want to highlight.

Step 4: Adjust the Shape’s Properties

Once you’ve drawn the shape over the text, click on the shape to select it. Then, go to the toolbar at the top, click on the Fill color button, and choose your preferred highlight color.

Then, click on the Transparent button in the same toolbar and adjust the transparency until you can clearly see the text underneath. Usually, setting the transparency to around 50% works well.

Finally, go to the Line color button and select Transparent to remove the border of the shape.

Step 5: Adjust the Shape’s Position

Right-click on the shape and select Order > Send to back. This will place the shape behind the text, giving the appearance of a highlight.


There you have it, a quick and easy way to highlight text in Google Slides! Even though Google Slides does not offer a direct highlight feature, using shapes creatively allows you to achieve the same result.