I want to highlight specific words (names of people in this case) in different colors. Ideally automatically, but even doing it manually (in bulk) would be okay. Is this possible somehow? If not, what would you recommend as a solution?

Example: (Imagine similar lines occuring hundreds of times in the document).

"Mads will call the support, and Joon will make the graphics"

  • Supposedly this can be done in Notepad ++ by using user defined languages, but the instructions on its website are for an old version.
    – Ian
    Aug 21, 2017 at 3:25

2 Answers 2


There is a free Chrome Google Docs Add-on called Multi-instance Text Highlighting which can be used to:

... specify words or phrases that can be highlighted throughout your entire document by specifying them in a sidebar. Highlight all instances of a word with one definition.

  • Sign-in with google is disabled. :(
    – Fabián
    Nov 2, 2018 at 2:44

You can use Writer's Highlighter Google Docs plugin:

Highlight words or phrases in a Document using a list from a Spreadsheet!

Writer's Highlighter

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