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Highlight words in confluence text editor

Many text editors, including popular among developers StackExchange question editor, allows users to highlight single words in the sentence: bf3db20a9a67af1221ffcc37d2b71709.png

For example, ErrorAction is highlighted.


I don't seem to be able to find anything similar in Confluence page editor. How can I achieve a similar highlight background color effect? Thanks.

4 answers

Since the editor does not support highlighting, but it does support other features that no one uses like subscript, I hijacked the subscript feature to perform highlighting instead.  All you have to do is go to "Space Tools" > "Look and Feel" > "Stylesheet", and add the following.  Then anything that you set as subscript will instead be highlighted yellow.

<style type="text/css">
/* hijack subscript and make it highlighting instead */
.wiki-content sub {vertical-align: inherit; font-size: inherit; background-color: yellow; }

Please note that you must have the Space Admin permission to view and edit the stylesheet.

Use span stype around the word that you want to highlight


<p>Here is something that we do not want to highlight<span style="background-color: yellow;”>WORD TO HIGLIGHT</span> </p>

Sorry, this does not work. 

There is a discussion about the same topic in another thread:
Change text background color in confluence editor?

I agree that it should be as easy as selecting some text and hitting some kind of "background text color" button. But it's nearly as easy with the Highlight macro, though you may have to toy with putting extra spaces in front or behind the text in the macro to get it to space out right.

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