Excel has search text functionality, however we can also use Excel Macros to highlight custom text! That’s right, you can use it to highlight any text that you specify!

Make sure your Excel has the Developer Tab enabled following this tutorial.

I explain how you can do this below step by step!

What does it do?

Highlights any text that you specify

Copy Source Code:

Sub HighlightCustomText()

'Get the Custom Text
Dim txt As String
txt = InputBox("Enter the Custom Text", "Enter Text")

Dim rng As Range

'Loop through all values in the selection
For Each rng In Selection

'If the value is the same as the custom text, then set the font color to red
If rng.Value = txt Then
rng.Font.Color = RGB(255, 0, 0)
End If

End Sub

Final Result: 

Exercise Workbook:


Here is our initial set of data:

STEP 1: Go to Developer > Code > Visual Basic


STEP 2: Paste in your code and Select Save. Close the window afterwards.


STEP 3: Let us test it out!

Open the sheet containing the data. Go to Developer > Code > Macros


Make sure your macro is selected. Click Run.

For the text, let’s type in Ian Wright. Click OK.


With just one click, all Ian Wright values are now highlighted!



How to Highlight Custom Text Using Macros In Excel



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