How to Highlight Text in Canva

If you want to highlight some text in Canva, click on the text box in your design, and find the “Effects” tab in the top menu bar. Click on it to see all the text effects in the side menu. Find the “Background” style and apply it to your text. Now you can change the color and transparency of the highlighted area.

Hi there! My name is Yana and I work with Canva for the last few years. I’ve used this design tool to create graphics for blogs, social media, and ads. Most of the designs contained text information that should be noticeable, so I’m pretty familiar with highlighting text in Canva and know the easiest way to do it.

In this post, I will cover the most efficient way to highlight text in Canva, including what to do when you need to highlight only a part of it or need to highlight some information using the Canva application.

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Key Takeaways

  • Highlighting text in your design can help some of the information stand out and be more catchy to the user’s eye.
  • You can highlight the whole text box or just a part of the text placing the highlight background manually.
  • To remove highlight you need to open the “text effects” window and choose “None” in the list of styles.

How to Highlight Text in Canva

The easiest way to make your text stand out is to add contrasting colors to the background so that it can be more noticeable. There is no such instrument as a “highlighter” in Canva, but we still can highlight the text. Follow these steps below, it’s super fast and easy.

1. Select the Effects Tab

Once you have your design file open, select the text box you want to highlight by clicking on it. Once you select it, you will be able to find the Effects tab on the top menu. 

2. Apply the Background Style to Your Text

Open the Effects tab to see all the styles you can apply to your text in the new side menu. Find and choose the Background style.

3. Customize the Highlighted Area

Right after you apply the background style to your text, you will have new settings available in the side menu, such as roundness, spread, transparency, and color of the highlighted area. Now you can customize the highlighter the way you like. 

If you need to remove the highlight, open the text Effects window and select None from the list of text styles.

How to Highlight Part of Text in Canva

You may notice that the Background style is applying to the whole text box. To highlight just a part of the text or even one word, we need to create a highlighted area manually. So if it is something you need, proceed with the following steps.

1. Open the Elements Tab

Find the Elements button on the side menu panel in Canva and open the Lines & Shapes tab

2. Select a Square Shape

Choose a square with rounded or square corners, depending on your design style. Click on a square to add it to your design.

3. Edit the Highlight Area and Send It Backward

Now you can change the location or edit the dimensions of your background area so it fits the text you need to highlight. If needed, you can place a highlight field backward by clicking on it with the right mouse button and choosing to Send Backwards action

How to Highlight Text in Canva Mobile

In the same way, as in the Canva web version, you can highlight text in your design using a smartphone or tablet.

1. Choose the Text You Want to Highlight

Open your design file and tap on the text box you want to highlight.

2. Open Effects 

Once you select the text, the bottom menu bar will be available. Swipe left to find the Effect button. Tap on it to see all the effects you can apply to your text.

3. Choose the Background Effect

Tap on the Background effect to highlight the text. You can tap again on the Background button to open the effect settings and change the color or transparency.


Find below the answers to some of the popular questions about highlighting text in Canva.

How Do You Add Highlighter to Text in Canva?

To highlight text in Canva, click on the text box you want to highlight. Once the text is selected, click on the Effects tab in the top menu bar. Choose the Background style, and select the color you want to use for the highlight.

How Do I Highlight All Elements in Canva?

You can press Shift and manually select all the elements you want to highlight. Another way is by pressing Command+A for Mac and Ctrl+A for Windows to select all the elements, after proceeding with the steps we discussed above to highlight all the elements.

Final Thoughts

You can highlight text in Canva to draw more attention to specific words or phrases in your design. Even though Canva doesn’t have a “highlighter tool”, you still can highlight the text using other available and free features in Canva.

Do you often need to highlight text in your design? Do you find this Canva feature useful? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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