In Verbum, you can highlight text in a resource in the same way you might use a highlighter or colored pencil to mark up printed material. You can also apply Labels to highlighting styles to tag your highlighted text ranges with additional data. 

Note: When highlighting is applied to text, a new highlight entry will be added to the Notes tool. You can find and manage highlights in the Notes tool.


 Highlight within a resource

  1. Click Tools > Content > Highlighting to open the Highlighting tool.


  1. Select text in a resource and click a style in the Highlighting panel to apply it.  If a favorite highlighter has been selected previously, the Highlighting panel doesn’t have to be opened every time. You can use Cmd+K (Mac) or Ctrl+K (Windows) to apply the highlighting style to the selected text.




You can also assign a shortcut key to your favorite highlighting style by clicking the command button  next to it, hovering over Shortcut key, and choosing from the available options.





Create and Modify Highlighting Palettes and Styles 

  1. With the Highlighting panel open, click New palette at the top left of the panel.




  1. Overwrite “Untitled” in the text box with your palette title and press Enter.


  1. To duplicate an existing palette, click the command button  (or right-click) and choose Duplicate from the menu. Note: This refers to a whole palette such as highlighter pens, not to an individual highlighter color. 


  1. To add a style to the custom palette, click the command button next to it and choose Add a new style.


  1. Overwrite “Untitled” in the text box with your title.




  1. Click a highlighting aspect (Font Styling, Background, etc.) to expand it and make selections. A preview of the style will appear at the top of the panel as you add or remove options. There may be additional options or text to enter for a particular type.




  • For the Image type, click to choose an available image or choose an image file on your computer.


  1. Click Save at the top right side of the panel to save the new style, or click Back to return to the palette list without applying changes.


  1. Right-clicking a custom style brings up the following options:




  • Duplicate makes a copy of the custom style.


  • Rename allows you to rename the style.


  • Edit brings up the custom style editing menu discussed above.


  • Delete removes the custom style completely.


  • Restyle annotations opens a dialog box that will apply the chosen style in place of all locations where another style has already been applied. (Note: The corresponding highlights will not be moved or changed, even if No highlight is selected).


Remove highlighting

  1. Click Tools > Content > Highlighting.


  1. Select highlighted text in a resource and click Erase at the top right side of the Highlighting panel.




If all of the highlighted text range associated with a highlight is selected and erased, the associated highlighting entry in the Notes tool will also be removed if there is no other content associated with the highlight. Highlights with content will remain, but will not have a text (e.g. Bible verse) associated with them. If only a portion of the text range is erased, the highlight will remain and its reference range and the title will be revised accordingly.


For example: if highlighting is applied to John 1:1-13, a highlight is added to the Notes tool with that reference range. If the highlighting for verses 6-8 is later erased, a second highlight will be added with the reference range John 1:8-13 and the original note will be changed to John 1:1-5. Content entered in the original note will remain there.


  1. To remove both the highlighting and the highlight in the Notes tool, right-click the highlighted text and choose Remove annotations, or press Shift+Cmd+K (Mac) or Ctrl+Shift+K (Windows). This will remove all the annotations made to the selected text range.


Saving Highlights in the Notes Tool

By default, highlights are not saved in a specific notebook. You can set the notebook in which highlighting from a specific palette is saved. To do this, right-click the palette name, hover over Notebook, and select the notebook in which you want those highlights to appear.


Open the Highlighting Tool in Verbum


Additional Resources

Verbum Help: Highlighting

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