How to turn on or turn off highlighting of fields in a Word document

Word 2016
Fields in a document Word are popular. Using fields, you can add page numbers, current dates, any types of references, formulas, etc. Word proposes different settings how to display fields in a document:

When you edit the document, it is helpful to highlight fields in the document. To turn on or turn off highlighting of all fields in a document, do the following:

   1.   On the File tab, click the Options button:

Options in Word 365

   2.   In the Word Options dialog box, on the Advanced tab, under Show document content, select the option you prefer in the Field shading drop-down list:

Options Advanced in Word 365
  • Never to turn off highlighting fields whatever is the text selected or not.
  • Always to turn on highlighting fields whatever if the text selected or not.
  • When selected to highlight fields only if the text is selected and don't highlight them without selecting.

See also this tip in French: Comment activer ou désactiver la mise en surbrillance des champs dans un document Word.

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