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Highlight any text in PowerPoint for iOS

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Hey, Office Insiders! My name is Ekta Dwivedy, and I’m a Product Manager on the PowerPoint Mobile team. I’m excited to share about a new feature on PowerPoint for iPhones and iPads that allows you to highlight any text on your slides!

Highlight any text

We received many requests for this capability in PowerPoint for iPhones and iPads, and it’s finally here! Now you can highlight any text in a text box, table, or shape on your PowerPoint slides. You can also undo any highlighting that others have added (something not previously possible in iOS).

How it works

Here’s how to highlight any text in PowerPoint on your iOS device.

  • On your iPhone, simply select the text you want to highlight and tap on the Highlight button in the toolbar above the keyboard (next to the font color option). You can also select the highlight color of your choice!

Highlight text in PowerPoint for the iPhone.Highlight text with your choice of colors in PowerPoint for the iPhone.

  • On your iPad, just tap the Highlight option on the ribbon under the Home tab; you can also select a highlight color in the pop-up menu.

Highlight text feature in PowerPoint for the iPad.


This feature is available to Office Insiders running Version 2.63 (Build 22062602) or later.

Don’t have it yet? It’s probably us, not you.

Features are released over some time to ensure things are working smoothly. We highlight features that you may not have because they’re slowly releasing to larger numbers of Insiders. Sometimes we remove elements to further improve them based on your feedback. Though this is rare, we also reserve the option to pull a feature entirely out of the product, even if you, as an Insider, have had the opportunity to try it.


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