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Microsoft Word - Highlight


Highlight is a feature of Word in the Microsoft Office Suite. Highlight allows you to focus the reader’s attention on key points within a document.

For some students with cognitive disabilities, reading a document in which key concepts have been highlighted allows them to access the content and focus on the important points rather than on decoding the material.


Please click below for an audio of the introduction to the Highlight feature of Microsoft Word.


Instructions on How to Use the Highlight Feature of MS Word

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to the Highlight feature of Microsoft Word.


Please click below for a video demonstration of how to use the Highlight feature of MS Word.

Demo: Highlighting Text in Documents

Technical Requirements and Where to Access MS Word

MS Word Technical Requirements:

Mac Requirements (MS Office 2008 for Mac:)

  • Intel, PowerPC G5 or PowerPC G4 (500 MHz or faster) processor
  • Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1.5 GB hard drive

Windows Requirements (MS Office Pro 2007):

  • 500 MHz processor speed or higher
  • Windows XP SP 2, Server 2003 SP1 or later
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 2 GB hard drive

Go to http://us20.trymicrosoftoffice.com/product.aspx?re_ms=oo&family=officepr... to download a 60 day free trial of MS Office Pro 2007;


Go to http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/Office2008/trial-download.mspx to download a 30 day free trial for MS Office 2008 for Mac.


Picture of highlighted text in an MS Word document.


Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available.


e-Tool Review Results

Faculty e-Tool Review Results
Number of faculty reviewers: 1

A member of the project research and design team has reviewed this e-tool. This tool has multiple potential uses. Instructors could use this tool to highlight the most important information in a reading that is in .doc format. Students could also be asked or encouraged to use this feature to identify the most important information in a reading. Finally, an instructor could use this tool to highlight effective parts of student writing and to use a different color to highlight areas that need improvement. This could be done for a final submission or as part of a drafting process.