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    I am using PowerPoint 2007. I have added the highlighter button to the ribbon, and it is greyed out and non-functional. The same problem has happened on my laptop, running the same version of PPT. Both are Vista machines.
    Would greatly appreciate any advice. The other buttons are functioning normally.
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    [quote name='dianne18' post='769317' date='06-Apr-2009 02:49'][/quote]

    If you search Help for "highlighter" you'll see that you can not highlight text with Powerpoint 2007. The highlighter tool is only for use with a Tablet PC.

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    Thank you Joe ! I should have done my homework more thoroughly.
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    [quote name='dianne18' post='769416' date='06-Apr-2009 15:12'][/quote]

    No problem. The following is from the help topic

    "The following method of adding a highlight effect to your text affects all of the text in the text box.
    1. Click the slide that you want highlighted text to appear on.
    2. On the Insert tab, in the Text group, click Text Box, and then on the slide, drag to draw the text box that you want.
    3. In the text box, type the text that you want to highlight.
    4. Drag one of the text box sizing handles (sizing handle: One of the small circles or squares that appears at the corners and sides of a selected object. You drag these handles to change the size of the object.), to fit the actual size of the text.
    5. On the Home tab, in the Drawing group, click Shape Fill, and then click the fill color that you want to highlight the text with. "
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    Thank you Joe for that elegant solution. I must admit that I wanted to use the highlight function to mark text which might require later editing (something I do a lot in Word) - so will proably use a different coloured font for that job.
    The absence of the highlighter function seems an odd omission in PPT for non-tablet systems- perhaps I am the only one who would like to use it!
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    [quote name='dianne18' post='769494' date='06-Apr-2009 23:38'][/quote]

    Microsoft captures extensive usage information through the Customer Experience opt-in. But often it seems their reasons for changing the feature set are unfathomable by us mere mortals.

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