Word – How to search for higlighted text by color in MS Word


In MS word, I have many differenet highlighted colors of text. How can I search for them by color in MS Word 2007?

Best Answer

Outside of Word, you can search through the raw XML of the document.

  1. Save and close the document in Word.

  2. Unzip the Word document (you can use 7-Zip). Modern .docx documents are ZIP files with XML files inside.

  3. Find the “document.xml” file in the “word” folder.

  4. Search for <w:highlight w:val="red"/> and similar tags.

This is a very cumbersome answer.