Example, I want to say something like "manual highlighting," to differentiate between highlighting something on the screen. A word to describe the process of using an actual yellow highlighter (a physical object). Is there another word for this?

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    "Highlight with a pen" seems like the best option, though it's more than one word.
    – Juhasz
    Commented Oct 4, 2019 at 21:19
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    "Manual highlighting" could also apply to on-screen highlighting, in the sense that one manipulates a mouse or uses the keyboard to directly control what is highlighted, as compared to, say, automatic highlighting of typos.
    – nnnnnn
    Commented Oct 5, 2019 at 3:30

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You can use highlight:

  1. To mark (important passages of text) with a usually fluorescent marker as a means of memory retention or for later reference.

    • The spelling mistakes in the text had been highlighted in green.



  1. countable noun

    A highlighter is a pen with brightly-coloured ink that is used to mark parts of a document.

(Collins Dictionary)

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