# LaTeX soul - How to highlight text in a LaTeX document

Summary: Use the LaTeX soul package to highlight text in a LaTeX document.

Suppose you want to provide a highlight color or background color for text in a LaTeX document. A good example is when you want to highlight the background yellow, so it looks like it was highlighted with a marker, to catch a reader's attention. "How do you do this in LaTeX?" you ask.

Normally I like to answer "simple", but in this case there is a multi-step answer. It's still pretty easy, but you'll need to download a package named "soul".

Here are the basic steps to follow to enable text highlighting:

• Download the LaTeX package named "soul". You can find it by searching at tug.org
• Install that package
• Include a statement like this in the preamble of your document so you can use the package:
`\usepackage{soul}`
• Mark your text with a `\hl` command wherever you want it highlighted, like this:
`this is some \hl{highlighted text} blah blah`

That's it. Use the `soul` package, and mark your text with the `\hl` command. (Note that the letters in this command are the lowercase versions of the letters 'H' and 'L', respectively.)

I've read where this command has problems occassionally, but I have not experienced those. Read the PDF that comes with the soul package for more information and other uses.

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### soul came with my TeXShop

soul came with my TeXShop distribution but it makes the highlighted words underlined instead. \usepackage{color,soul} fixed the problem.

### Good to know -- thanks!

Good to know -- thanks!

### thanks

thanks anonymous

\usepackage{color, soul} worked perfectly