Highlighting OneNote 2016 Notes

Highlighting 2016 OneNote Notes teaches you how to apply highlighting to both text and objects to easily “spot light” your important information. It also teaches you how to remove any unnecessary highlighting.

You can use the highlight feature to highlight typed, handwritten, pictures, printed pages, etc. within your pages making it much easier to “spotlight” important/meaningful information.  There are two types of highlighting tools, depending on whether you are highlighting typed text or object. Below are the step-by-step instructions for highlighting OneNote 2016 Notes.

Highlighting Typed Text
  1. Select the text you wish to highlight.
  2. Click on the Home tab.
  3. From the Basic Text group, click the down arrow to the right of the highlighter icon and click the desired highlighter color. onenote-highlighting-image-1
  4. The words are now highlighted. onenote-highlighting-image-2
Removing Highlighting from Typed Text
  1. Select the highlighted text.
  2. Click on the Home tab.
  3. From the Basic Text group, click the down arrow to the right of the highlighter icon and click No Color. onenote-highlighting-image-3
  4. The highlighting is removed from the selected text.
Highlighting Objects
  1. Navigate to the page containing the desired object.
  2. Click the Draw tab.
  3. From the Pens group, select the desired highlighter pen, or click the more button for additional selections.
    • You can also click the Thickness icon to increase/decrease the thickness of the highlight.
    • Click the Color icon to choose other color options.onenote-highlighting-image-4a
  4. Drag the cursor though the area you wish to highlight. onenote-highlighting-image-5a
Removing Highlighting from Objects
  1. Click the Draw tab.
  2. Click the down arrow below eraser icon in the Pens group. onenote-highlighting-image-6
  3. Choose the type of eraser you need —
    • Small Eraser – Remove a smaller portion of the highlighting. Great for detailed areas.
    • Medium Eraser – Remove a slightly larger portion of the highlighting.
    • Large Eraser – Remove a larger portion of the highlight.
    • Stroke Eraser – Click to remove the entire stroke of highlighting. (A stroke is a single swipe made with the highlighter.  Once you click in another area, a new stroke is made.)
  4. For Small, Medium and Larger Eraser, drag through the area you wish to “erase” the highlight.


To remove the entire stroke, click the Stroke Eraser and click within the highlighting.

  1. The highlighting is then removed from the object.onenote-highlighting-image-5

To learn more about Office applications, please check out my courses at vlbteched.teachable.com.

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