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How to Highlight in Notion? Your Ultimate Guide

Want to know how to highlight in Notion? You should check this complete guide with methods of how to highlight text in the Notion desktop, web and mobile app or on a table right here. You are sure to find your solutions here.
highlight in notion

As a Notion software user, you may need to highlight text on the platform more or less.

To many users, Notion is a very easy-to-use note-taking app, but why are still many users asking this question: how to highlight in Notion? That is because there are different cases to highlight in Notion and methods completely vary from different cases.

To make it easier, we collect all user’s requirements and create this complete guide on how to highlight in Notion here.

Without taking too much of your time, I’ll guide you through all you need to know about ways to highlight in Notion in different scenarios.

Can You Highlight in Notion?

To put it plainly, Yes you can. In fact, Notion has been designed with specific features and functions to enable you freely highlight your text.

You can make it by using the text formatting menu or simply changing the text’s background block. These two methods make highlighting in Notion easy to do, and the sections below will serve as your guide on the steps involved in each of their processes.

How to Highlight Text in Notion Desktop and Web App?

As we’ve pointed out earlier, to highlight text is not as complicated as it seems. Stick with us through this section and you’ll become a pro in no time.

How to Highlight in Notion Using the “Text Formatting” Menu?

The first method we’ll be exploring is to use the “Text Formatting” menu.

Step 1: Before you begin the process you need to first of all open the software to find the page with texts you want to highlight.

Find texts before highlighting text in notion

Step 2: The next step is to select the text which you want to highlight by clicking twice on the specific text or dragging across a block of texts. As soon as you do that the “Text Formatting” menu will display on the page.

Select text to get the text formatting menu in Notion

Step 3: Click on the down symbol beside the letter “A” icon, and you will find the text color and background buttons.

Fine text background buttons in Notion

Step 4: Now, you have two options. The first is to highlight the text itself with the selected color, and the second is to highlight the background of the text with the selected color.

Highlight text in Notion

We choose the color blue for the first sentence and red background for the second text as seen in the picture above.

How to Highlight in Notion Using Forward Slash?

Alternatively, you can highlight in Notion by using the Forward Slash method.

Step 1: Open Notion to the page containing the texts you want to highlight.

Find text to highlight text in notion

Step 2: Go to the beginning or the end of the block of texts you want to highlight, and type forward slash (/) followed by the word “color”. You will immediately get an auto-suggest drop-down of all the available colors to select from.

Step 3: You could also type forward slash (/) followed by your selected color, space, and lastly the word “background” (e.g /red background), and press “Enter”. Your paragraph text will immediately be highlighted with the selected color.

how to highlight in notion table

Step 4: Now your texts are highlighted. You can explore the 10 available color options in Notion. The color options include Black, Gray, Brown, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink, and Red.

Finish highlighting in notion

How to Highlight in Notion Mobile App?

Highlight in Notion for Mobile App is similarly as easy as the desktop and web app versions, however, there is a difference between both.

Step 1: Gain access to the Notion mobile app by downloading it for free from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store depending on the device in use.

Download Notion mobile app.

Step 2: Follow the basic setup instructions to get started.

Set Up Notion on Mobile App

Step 3: On the Notion mobile app, you need to hold on and drag to select the texts you want to highlight until it shows a display with the “A” icon. Click on it and select your preferred highlight from the available text color and background options.

how to highlight in notion mobile

Step 4: Although the experience and processes involved are quite different from on web and desktop versions, with a bit of practice you’ll be just as good as you have been while using the desktop Notion software.

How Do You Highlight Text in a Table in Notion?

You may be in a case to highlight text in a table. Here is how to do it.

Before you begin, you need to know that you can easily highlight the texts when you insert the table block in your document. But if you are trying to highlight it in the database’s table view,  you can only do it in the text column. It’s currently not possible to do it in other column types like the date.

And to highlight test in a table is only available on the Desktop and web versions.

First of all, here is how to highlight text in the inserted table.

Step 1: Type “/” for commands, then scroll down to select “Table”, to create an editable table you can work on.

Create table in Notion

Step 2: Once you have pasted or typed text in the rows and/or columns of the table,  click on and drag across texts you want to highlight to select them. Once you do that, an automatic list of tools you can use will appear.

Step 4: To highlight text in a table, simply move over to the “A” icon that represents “Text Color” and click on it. Select your preferred text color or background color and click from the list of options to implement the change.

how to highlight in notion table

Now, let’s look at how to highlight the texts in database table views.

Step 1. If you did not create one table view, you can type forward slash “/” and click on “Table view” under the database. Follow up the pop-up windows to set. Then, click “+” to select “Text” to add a new column. Once done, you can type the texts in the new column.

Create database table view

Step 2. Hold on your mouse and drag across the texts to select them. Click the drop-down icon near the “A” icon and you will find the highlight options (text color and background), pick up the one you need to highlight. Now, it is done.

Highlight in Notion database table view


We believe you all know how to highlight text in Notion now whatever scenarios you are in. Do you think these ways are helpful? Leave your comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to Highlight in Notion Calendar?

We are sorry to say that there is no way to highlight in Notion calendar.

2. How do You Customize Highlight colors in Notion?

Once you’re on the “Text Color” drop-down, choose your preferred highlight color to customize the text.

3. How do You Highlight Dates in Notion?

It’s currently not possible to make highlights in a column type that has dates.

4. How do you highlight cells in Notion?

Click on the six dot icon beside the cells to highlight them.

5. How do you make something bold in Notion?

Double-click on the text and choose the “B” icon from the tools.

6. How do you put text in the middle in Notion?

Drag the Six dot icon beside the content to move.

7. How do you underline text in Notion?

Double-click on the text and choose the “U with _” icon from the tools.

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