How to Remove Text Highlighting in Google Docs: A Step-by-Step Guide


Michael Collins

Accidentally highlighted text in Google Docs and unsure how to remove it? Don’t worry, it’s a simple process. In just a few clicks, you can get your document back to its original state without any unwanted highlighting. Let’s dive into the steps to make your document look clean and professional again.

Step by Step Tutorial on How to Remove Text Highlighting in Google Docs

Before we get into the steps, it’s important to know that removing text highlighting in Google Docs is about reversing the action of text coloring. Here we go:

Step 1: Open your Google Docs document

Open the Google Docs document that contains the text you want to un-highlight.

It’s important to be logged into your Google account and to have the document you need to edit open. Make sure you have the needed permissions to edit the document if it’s shared with you.

Step 2: Select the highlighted text

Click and drag your cursor over the text that’s highlighted that you want to remove the highlighting from.

Be careful not to select any additional text that you don’t want to alter. If you accidentally include extra text, simply click away and try selecting again.

Step 3: Click on the highlight color button in the toolbar

Find the highlight color button in the toolbar – it looks like a text marker and is usually next to the text color button.

If you can’t find the button, make sure you’re in editing mode and not suggesting or viewing mode.

Step 4: Choose ‘None’ for the highlight color

After clicking the highlight color button, a palette will appear. Click on ‘None’ to remove the highlighting from the selected text.

This action will immediately remove the highlight from your selected text, returning it to its original state.

Once you’ve followed these steps, your text will no longer be highlighted. The previously colored background will be gone, and your document will look just as it did before the highlighting was applied.

Tips for Removing Text Highlighting in Google Docs

  • If you have a lot of highlighting to remove, consider using the ‘Clear Formatting’ option for a faster process.
  • Remember that removing highlighting won’t affect the actual text color; if you need to change the text color as well, do it separately.
  • Double-check that you’re in editing mode, otherwise, the highlighting options won’t be accessible.
  • If you’re collaborating with others, make sure they’re okay with the changes since removing highlights can’t be undone once the document is closed.
  • Keyboard shortcuts can be real time-savers – try using Ctrl + (on Windows) or Cmd + (on Mac) to remove formatting, including highlights.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I remove highlighting from an entire document?

To remove highlighting from an entire document, press Ctrl + A (Windows) or Cmd + A (Mac) to select all the text, and then follow the steps above to remove the highlighting.

Can I remove highlighting from a document on the Google Docs mobile app?

Yes, the process is similar to the web version. Select the text, tap the formatting button (A with color underneath), and choose ‘No color’ under ‘Highlight color.’

Will removing highlighting affect the text’s formatting?

No, removing highlighting will only affect the background color of the text, not the text’s font, size, or style.

What if the ‘None’ option isn’t removing the highlight?

Make sure you haven’t accidentally changed the text color to match the highlight. If that’s the case, you’ll need to change the text color separately.

Can I undo the highlight removal if I change my mind?

As long as you haven’t closed the document, you can undo the changes by pressing Ctrl + Z (Windows) or Cmd + Z (Mac).


  1. Open your Google Docs document
  2. Select the highlighted text
  3. Click on the highlight color button in the toolbar
  4. Choose ‘None’ for the highlight color


In conclusion, removing text highlighting in Google Docs is a breeze. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to Google’s suite of productivity tools, the process is straightforward and user-friendly. And let’s be honest, who hasn’t accidentally highlighted a chunk of text they didn’t mean to? With a few simple steps, you can clean up your document and keep your workflow running smoothly. Remember, the key is to select the text properly and then choose ‘None’ for the highlight color. And, if you ever find yourself in a bind, there’s always the trusty ‘Undo’ feature. Go ahead and give it a try—your document, and your peace of mind, will thank you for it.